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Great earthquake: M8 quake has struck near Taron in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake location -4.474S, 153.577WA great earthquake magnitude 8 (ml/mb) has occurred on Saturday, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Taron in Papua New Guinea. A tsunami warning has been issued near Taron in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 73.4 km (46 miles) below the earth’s surface. All ids that are associated to the event: at00oibstb, pt16352050. Unique identifier: pt16352050. Exact location of earthquake, 153.577° East, -4.474° South, depth 73.4 km. The 8-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 20:51:11 / 8:51 pm (local time epicenter). Global time and date of event 17/12/16 / 2016-12-17 10:51:11 / December 17, 2016 @ 10:51 am UTC/GMT.

Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Rabaul, Kokopo. Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop). Event epicenter was 146 km (91 miles) from Kokopo (c. 26 300 pop), 159 km (99 miles) from Rabaul (c. 8 100 pop).

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

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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city and country. Read more about the earthquake, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters, Location and details about this quake, that has struck: 60 km E of Taron, Papua New Guinea. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 153.577° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -4.474° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 73.4 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 60km E 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 2016-12-17 10:51:11 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-12-17 11:01:40 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 600 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 pt The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,at,pt, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used 14 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 79.199993664001 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 pt16352050 Id of event.
Event Code 16352050 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,at00oibstb,pt16352050, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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