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Moderate earthquake, 5.6 mag has occurred near Lae in Papua New Guinea



Earthquake location -5.8662S, 146.7377WA moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.6 (ml/mb) was reported 98 kilometers (61 miles) from Lae in Papua New Guinea on Friday. The temblor was picked up at 01:11:05 / 1:11 am (local time epicenter). Exact time and date of earthquake 23/02/17 / 2017-02-23 15:11:05 / February 23, 2017 @ 3:11 pm UTC/GMT. Unique identifier: us20008lsv. Ids that are associated to the event: us20008lsv. Exact location of event, depth 114.47 km, 146.7377° East, -5.8662° South. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 114.47 km (71 miles). A tsunami warning has been issued near Lae in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Kainantu, Lae. Epicenter of the event was 99 km (62 miles) from Lae (c. 76 300 pop), 107 km (67 miles) from Kainantu (c. 8 500 pop). Nearby country/countries, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop) (That might be effected).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days fifty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. Each year there are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures.

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How did you react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your home, city and country. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 98 km NNW of Lae, Papua New Guinea. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.6 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 146.7377° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -5.8662° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 114.47 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 98km NNW of Lae, Papua New Guinea Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2017-02-23 15:11:05 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-02-23 15:37:00 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 600 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 2 The total number of felt reports
CDI 3.1 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI 3.81 The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level green The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status reviewed Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 1 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 483 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 3.54 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.85 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 15 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us20008lsv Id of event.
Event Code 20008lsv An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20008lsv, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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