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Moderate earthquake 5.3 mag, 29 km NNW of Taron, Papua New Guinea



Earthquake location -4.2242S, 152.9277WA 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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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 152.9277° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -4.2242° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 34.86 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 29km NNW of Taron, 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 2017-08-12 18:09:35 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-08-12 18:29:33 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 600 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level 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 432 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 7.699 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 18 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 us2000a7m3 Id of event.
Event Code 2000a7m3 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us2000a7m3, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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