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Moderate earthquake: M5.8 quake has struck near Taron in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake location -4.3483S, 153.3367WA moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.8 (ml/mb) was reported 36 kilometers (22 miles) from Taron in Papua New Guinea on Friday. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 09/03/18 / 2018-03-09 11:06:10 / March 9, 2018 @ 11:06 am. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 45.8 km (28 miles) below the earth’s surface. Unique identifier: us1000d23h. Ids that are associated to the event: us1000d23h. 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 21:06:10 / 9:06 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location of event, longitude 153.3367 East, latitude -4.3483 South, depth = 45.8 km.

Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Kokopo. Epicenter of the event was 119 km (74 miles) from Kokopo (c. 26 300 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop).

There are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. In the past 24 hours, there have been five, in the last 10 days five, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days fourty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near.

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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. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 36 km ENE of Taron, Papua New Guinea. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 153.3367° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -4.3483° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 45.8 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 36km ENE 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 2018-03-09 11:06:10 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2018-03-09 11:22:39 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 518 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 1.18 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 20 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 us1000d23h Id of event.
Event Code 1000d23h An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us1000d23h, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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