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Moderate earthquake: M5 quake has struck near Kiunga in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake location -5.3083S, 141.3644WA moderate earthquake with magnitude 5 (ml/mb) was detected on Sunday, 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Kiunga in Papua New Guinea. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 21/03/20 / 2020-03-21 21:19:37 / March 21, 2020 @ 9:19 pm. Event id: us70008dqz. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us70008dqz. The 5-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 07:19:37 / 7:19 am (local time epicenter). Exact location, longitude 141.3644° East, latitude -5.3083° South, depth = 33.19 km. A tsunami warning has been issued near Kiunga in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The epicenter was at a depth of 33.19 km (21 miles).

Epicenter of the event was 91 km (56 miles) from Kiunga (c. 11 500 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Kiunga. Country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop).

Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. Each year there are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world. 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 one 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. 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: 90 km N of Kiunga, Papua New Guinea.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 141.3644° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -5.3083° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 33.19 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 90km N of Kiunga, 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 2020-03-21 21:19:37 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2020-03-21 21:39:47 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 385 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 6.81 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.76 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 37 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 us70008dqz Id of event.
Event Code 70008dqz An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us70008dqz, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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