A light earthquake with magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) was detected on Tuesday, 36 kilometers (22 miles) from Finschhafen in Papua New Guinea. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 21/02/17 / 2017-02-21 07:03:44 / February 21, 2017 @ 7:03 am. Event id: us20008l1y. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20008l1y. The temblor was picked up at 17:03:44 / 5:03 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location of earthquake, longitude 147.7178 East, latitude -6.3047 South, depth = 47.3 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 47.3 km (29 miles) below the earth’s surface.
Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Lae (min 5000 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 93 km (58 miles) from Lae (c. 76 300 pop).
Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days fifty-six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.
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