A light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) has occurred on Friday, 43 kilometers (27 miles) from Finschhafen in Papua New Guinea. The 4.5-magnitude earthquake was detected at 08:50:38 / 8:50 am (local time epicenter). Exact location of event, longitude 147.4778 East, latitude -6.5897 South, depth = 35 km. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 31/01/19 / 2019-01-31 22:50:38 / January 31, 2019 @ 10:50 pm. Unique identifier: us2000jhft. Ids that are associated to the event: us2000jhft. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 35 km (22 miles) below the earth’s surface.
Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Lae (min 5000 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 56 km (35 miles) from Lae (c. 76 300 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days four, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days fourty-one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. There are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.
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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. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 43 km W of Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea.
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