A light earthquake with magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) was detected on Tuesday, 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Kainantu in Papua New Guinea. Exact location of event, longitude 146.4634 East, latitude -6.0772 South, depth = 113.52 km. The temblor was picked up at 13:00:53 / 1:00 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Unique identifier: us2000cjuc. Ids that are associated to the event: us2000cjuc. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 16/01/18 / 2018-01-16 03:00:53 / January 16, 2018 @ 3:00 am. The epicenter was at a depth of 113.52 km (71 miles).
Country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 92 km (57 miles) from Lae (c. 76 300 pop), 70 km (44 miles) from Kainantu (c. 8 500 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Lae, Kainantu (min 5000 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days two and in the last 365 days fourty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby.
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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city 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: 70 km ENE of Kainantu, Papua New Guinea.
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