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Moderate earthquake: M5.3 quake has struck near Taron in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake location -4.5642S, 153.052WA moderate earthquake magnitude 5.3 (ml/mb) has struck on Friday, 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Taron in Papua New Guinea. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 51.53 km (32 miles). The 5.3-magnitude earthquake was detected at 10:31:27 / 10:31 am (local time epicenter). Exact location of event, longitude 153.052 East, latitude -4.5642 South, depth = 51.53 km. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 18/03/16 / 2016-03-18 00:31:27 / March 18, 2016 @ 12:31 am. Unique identifier: us20005amh. Ids that are associated to the event: us20005amh. A tsunami warning has been issued near Taron in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Epicenter of the event was 91 km (56 miles) from Kokopo (c. 26 300 pop), 106 km (66 miles) from Rabaul (c. 8 100 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Rabaul, Kokopo (min 5000 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days eleven and in the last 365 days one hundred and fourty-six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. There are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures.

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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: 10 km S of Taron, Papua New Guinea. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 153.052° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -4.5642° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 51.53 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 10km S of Taron, 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 2016-03-18 00:31:27 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-03-18 00:49:55 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 600 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 0 The total number of felt reports
CDI 1 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 1 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 432 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 0.96 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.12 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 26 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 us20005amh Id of event.
Event Code 20005amh An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20005amh, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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