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Great earthquake, 8 mag was detected near Arawa in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake location -6.079S, 155.239WA great earthquake magnitude 8 (ml/mb) has struck on Sunday, 36 kilometers (22 miles) from Arawa in Papua New Guinea. The epicenter was at a depth of 167.5 km (104 miles). A tsunami warning has been issued near Arawa in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: at00ok5z6p, pt17022050. Id of event: pt17022050. The 8-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 15:30:24 / 3:30 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location of event, longitude 155.239 East, latitude -6.079 South, depth = 167.5 km. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 22/01/17 / 2017-01-22 04:30:24 / January 22, 2017 @ 4:30 am.

Epicenter of the event was 36 km (22 miles) from Arawa (c. 40 300 pop). Nearby country/countries, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop) (That might be effected). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Arawa (min 5000 pop).

Earthquakes 8.0 or greater can totally destroy communities near the epicenter. Every 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 two, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days seventy-nine earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.

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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, city and country. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 36 km WNW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 155.239° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -6.079° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 167.5 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 36km WNW of Arawa, 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 2017-01-22 04:30:24 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-01-22 04:41:24 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 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 11 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 111.599991072 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 pt17022050 Id of event.
Event Code 17022050 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,at00ok5z6p,pt17022050, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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