A light earthquake with magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) was reported 75 kilometers (47 miles) from Lae in Papua New Guinea on Sunday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 21/12/19 / 2019-12-21 19:04:38 / December 21, 2019 @ 7:04 pm. The temblor was detected at 05:04:38 / 5:04 am (local time epicenter). The epicenter was at a depth of 58.77 km (37 miles). Exact location of event, depth 58.77 km, 147.1994° East, -6.0763° South. Id of earthquake: us70006pi1. Event ids that are associated: us70006pi1.
Close country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop). Event epicenter was 76 km (47 miles) from Lae (c. 76 300 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Lae (min 5000 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days fifty-nine earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. There are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world each year.
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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. 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: 75 km NNE of Lae, Papua New Guinea.
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