A moderate earthquake magnitude 5.5 (ml/mb) has occurred on Saturday, 37 kilometers (23 miles) from Finschhafen in Papua New Guinea. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 53.42 km (33 miles) below the earth’s surface. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location, longitude 147.7023° East, latitude -6.2546° South, depth = 53.42 km. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 23/01/21 / 2021-01-23 16:58:52 / January 23, 2021 @ 4:58 pm. All ids that are associated to the event: us7000d2px. Unique identifier: us7000d2px. The temblor was picked up at 16:58:52 / 4:58 pm (local time epicenter).
Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Lae (min 5000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 95 km (59 miles) from Lae (c. 76 300 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been three, in the last 10 days four, in the past 30 days nine and in the last 365 days sixty-seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. Every year there are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures.
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Did objects rattle, topple over, or fall off shelves? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, country and city. 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: 37 km NNW of Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea.
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