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Moderate earthquake: M5.3 quake has struck near Panguna in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake location -6.9796S, 155.8581WA moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.3 (ml/mb) was reported 84 kilometers (52 miles) from Panguna in Papua New Guinea on Wednesday. A tsunami warning has been issued near Panguna in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of event, longitude 155.8581 East, latitude -6.9796 South, depth = 82.18 km. The epicenter was at a depth of 82.18 km (51 miles). Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 31/01/18 / 2018-01-31 03:13:14 / January 31, 2018 @ 3:13 am. The temblor was picked up at 14:13:14 / 2:13 pm (local time epicenter). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us2000crle. Id of event: us2000crle.

Epicenter of the earthquake was 92 km (57 miles) from Arawa (c. 40 300 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Arawa (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop) (That might be effected).

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 one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days thirty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures.

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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: 84 km SSE of Panguna, Papua New Guinea.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 155.8581° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -6.9796° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 82.18 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 84km SSE of Panguna, 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 2018-01-31 03:13:14 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2018-01-31 03:30:47 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 660 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 4.603 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.89 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 31 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 us2000crle Id of event.
Event Code 2000crle An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us2000crle, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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