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Moderate earthquake, 5.6 mag strikes near Lae in Papua New Guinea



Earthquake location -5.5512S, 147.192WA moderate earthquake magnitude 5.6 (ml/mb) strikes 131 km N of Lae, Papua New Guinea (81 miles) on Thursday. Exact location of earthquake, longitude 147.192 East, latitude -5.5512 South, depth = 202.32 km. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 18/10/17 / 2017-10-18 16:44:36 / October 18, 2017 @ 4:44 pm. All ids that are associated to the event: us1000atrw. Unique identifier: us1000atrw. A tsunami warning has been issued near Lae in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 202.32 km (126 miles) below the earth’s surface. The 5.6-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 02:44:36 / 2:44 am (local time epicenter).

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

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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, city and country. Read more about the earthquake, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters, Location and details about this quake, that has struck: 131 km N of Lae, Papua New Guinea. This data 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 147.192° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -5.5512° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 202.32 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 131km N 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 2017-10-18 16:44:36 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-10-18 17:02:22 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 482 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 3.489 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.67 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 30 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mww The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us1000atrw Id of event.
Event Code 1000atrw An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us1000atrw, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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