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Light earthquake: M4.4 quake has struck near Kainantu in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake location -6.0772S, 146.4634WA 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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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 146.4634° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -6.0772° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 113.52 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 70km ENE of Kainantu, 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 2018-01-16 03:00:53 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2018-01-16 04:07:04 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 0 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 298 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 4.107 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.9 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 142 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 us2000cjuc Id of event.
Event Code 2000cjuc An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us2000cjuc, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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