Papua New Guinea Continues To Rumble, This Time A Magnitude 5 Earthquake Near Kainantu

Earthquake location -6.3004S, 145.7865W

A moderate earthquake magnitude 5 (ml/mb) strikes 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Kainantu in Papua New Guinea on Monday. Exact location of event, depth 128.3 km, 145.7865° East, -6.3004° South. The temblor was reported at 13:42:22 / 1:42 pm (local time epicenter). The epicenter was at a depth of 128.3 km (80 miles). A tsunami warning has been issued near Kainantu in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Unique identifier: us2000hj7b. Ids that are associated to the event: us2000hj7b. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 24/09/18 / 2018-09-24 03:42:22 / September 24, 2018 @ 3:42 am.

Close country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop). Epicenter of the earthquake was 50 km (31 miles) from Goroka (c. 18 500 pop), 96 km (60 miles) from Kundiawa (c. 9 400 pop), 9 km (5 miles) from Kainantu (c. 8 500 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Kundiawa, Goroka, Kainantu.

Each year there are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. 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 twenty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.

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