A moderate earthquake magnitude 5.3 (ml/mb) has struck on Sunday, 29 kilometers (18 miles) from Taron in Papua New Guinea. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 34.86 km (22 miles). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 12/08/17 / 2017-08-12 18:09:35 / August 12, 2017 @ 6:09 pm. Event id: us2000a7m3. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us2000a7m3. Exact location of event, longitude 152.9277 East, latitude -4.2242 South, depth = 34.86 km. A tsunami warning has been issued near Taron in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was picked up at 04:09:35 / 4:09 am (local time epicenter).
Event epicenter was 75 km (47 miles) from Kokopo (c. 26 300 pop), 84 km (52 miles) from Rabaul (c. 8 100 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Rabaul, Kokopo (min 5000 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days six and in the last 365 days eighty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures.
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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home and country. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 29 km NNW of Taron, Papua New Guinea.
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