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Moderate earthquake, 5.5 mag was detected near Finschhafen in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake location -6.2546S, 147.7023WA 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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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.5 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 147.7023° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -6.2546° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 53.42 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 37 km NNW of Finschhafen, 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 2021-01-23 16:58:52 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2021-01-23 17:13:57 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 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 4.02 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 0 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 465 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 4.196 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.77 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 70 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 us7000d2px Id of event.
Event Code 7000d2px An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us7000d2px, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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