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Great earthquake: M8 quake has struck near Kirakira in Solomon Islands

Earthquake location -10.7S, 161.4WA great earthquake with magnitude 8 (ml/mb) was reported 63 kilometers (39 miles) from Kirakira in Solomon Islands on Friday. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 08/12/16 / 2016-12-08 17:38:48 / December 8, 2016 @ 5:38 pm. Exact location of earthquake, 161.4° East, -10.7° South, depth 40 km. The 8-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 04:38:48 / 4:38 am (local time epicenter). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 40 km (25 miles). A tsunami warning has been issued near Kirakira in Solomon Islands (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Id of earthquake: at00ohvnon. Event ids that are associated: pt16343053, at00ohvnon.

Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Taro’a, Kirakira. Close country/countries that might be effected, Solomon Islands (c. 559 000 pop). Event epicenter was 63 km (39 miles) from Kirakira (c. 1 100 pop), 166 km (103 miles) from Taro’a (c. 500 pop).

Every year there are an estimated 1-2 great earthquakes in the world. Earthquakes 8.0 or greater can totally destroy communities near the epicenter. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days thirty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.

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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. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, that has occurred near: 63 km WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 161.4° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -10.7° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 40 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 63km WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2016-12-08 17:38:48 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-12-08 17:49:31 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 660 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 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 985 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network at The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,pt,at, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used 58 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 1.864903 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.15 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 35.99999712 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type Mi The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID at00ohvnon Id of event.
Event Code 00ohvnon An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pt16343053,at00ohvnon, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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