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Light earthquake: M4.6 quake has struck near Porgera in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake location -5.2296S, 142.872WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) was reported 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Porgera in Papua New Guinea on Friday. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 12/02/21 / 2021-02-12 20:50:41 / February 12, 2021 @ 8:50 pm. Exact location of earthquake, 142.872° East, -5.2296° South, depth 48.16 km. Unique identifier: us6000dh73. Ids that are associated to the event: us6000dh73. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 48.16 km (30 miles) below the earth’s surface. The 4.6-magnitude earthquake was detected at 20:50:41 / 8:50 pm (local time epicenter).

Event epicenter was 75 km (47 miles) from Tari (c. 8 200 pop), 96 km (60 miles) from Wabag (c. 4 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Wabag, Tari (min 5000 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop).

Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days two and in the last 365 days ten earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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How did you react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your home, city and country. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 40 km NW of Porgera, Papua New Guinea. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.6 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 142.872° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -5.2296° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 48.16 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 40 km NW of Porgera, 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 2021-02-12 20:50:41 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2021-02-12 22:58:58 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 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 326 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 5.489 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.8 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 44 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us6000dh73 Id of event.
Event Code 6000dh73 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us6000dh73, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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