Moderate earthquake - Arawa, Papua New Guinea on December 17, 2016

Last update: December 17, 2016 at 5:21 pm by By

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Magnitude : 4.6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2016-12-18 02:55:16

GMT/UTC Time : 2016-12-17 16:55:16

Depth (Hypocenter) : 118.39 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 22:48 4.5 122 MAP I Felt It
EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 22:48 4.5 119 MAP I Felt It
USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 22:38 4.9 108 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 22:38 4.9 109 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 20:58 4.7 62 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 20:00 5.0 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 20:00 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 18:54 5.1 43 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 18:54 5.1 40 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Solomon Islands Dec 17 18:54 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 18:21 5.0 88 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 18:21 5.0 88 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 18:02 5.0 51 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 18:02 5.0 51 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 17:46 5.0 54 MAP I Felt It
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 17:46 4.9 72 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON New Britain Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 17:46 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 17:16 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 17:16 5.1 19 MAP I Felt It
USGS Arawa, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 16:55 4.6 118 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 16:55 4.6 122 MAP I Felt It
USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 16:14 5.0 66 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 16:14 5.0 60 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 16:04 4.6 96 MAP I Felt It
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 16:04 4.6 95 MAP I Felt It
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 15:29 5.3 52 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 15:29 5.2 47 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 15:29 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 14:50 5.0 89 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 14:50 5.0 93 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 13:55 5.0 80 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Solomon Islands Dec 17 13:55 5.1 94 MAP I Felt It
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 13:54 5.1 63 MAP I Felt It
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 13:52 4.7 69 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 13:52 4.7 70 MAP I Felt It
EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 13:40 5.3 80 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 13:40 5.3 98 MAP I Felt It
USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 13:40 5.3 71 MAP I Felt It
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 13:34 4.8 77 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 13:34 4.8 78 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 13:22 5.6 40 MAP I Felt It
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 13:22 5.4 51 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Solomon Islands Dec 17 13:22 6.7 39 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 13:16 5.4 124 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 13:16 5.2 112 MAP I Felt It
USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 13:16 5.1 102 MAP I Felt It
USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 12:58 4.8 54 MAP I Felt It
EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 12:58 4.8 55 MAP I Felt It
USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 12:52 5.1 46 MAP I Felt It
EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 12:52 5.1 47 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 12:52 5.7 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 12:27 5.2 55 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 12:27 5.2 60 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Solomon Islands Dec 17 12:27 5.2 54 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 12:13 4.5 49 MAP I Felt It
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 12:13 4.5 49 MAP I Felt It
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 12:01 5.1 95 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 12:01 5.1 80 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Solomon Islands Dec 17 12:01 5.2 28 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Bougainville Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 11:44 4.9 35 MAP I Felt It
USGS Panguna, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 11:44 4.9 35 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 11:27 6.4 34 MAP I Felt It
EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 11:27 6.3 40 MAP I Felt It
USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 11:27 6.3 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 11:22 5.5 89 MAP I Felt It
EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 11:22 5.5 94 MAP I Felt It
PTWC Dec 17 10:58 8.0 0 MAP I Felt It
USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 10:51 7.9 103 MAP I Felt It
  • Port Moresby - Felt the tremor it whilst sitting on the sofa watching TV that lasted a few seconds.
  • Namatanai Town - Very strong shake starting from 8:50 pm to 8:54 pm then more light shaking after wards.
  • Munda, Solomon Islands - I felt quiet a strong shake but no damages on my properties. Fear of Tsunami is amoung the people as the western Solomons have had experienced a Tsunami some years back and having such a shake today brought back the memories of that horrible morning 10 years ago.. 😢😢😢
  • Kavieng - We did not felt the earthquake but saw the news on Facebook..
  • Lihir Island PNG - Moderate to strong shaking, still feeling aftershocks.
  • Kokopo - Experienced strong shaking last night at 8:50pm. Lasted approximately 2 and a half minutes. Wasn't as intense as the 7.3M earthquake experienced in Kokopo May, 2015. No damage to the house but Kokopo lost power for about 7 hours. Still experiencing small aftershocks.
  • Lihir Island - Moderate shaking for about 1 minute once we realised what was happening!
  • Croatian Heights - At 4:15 am. 20/12/2016 in bed and feor ithave shake for about 5 sencond
  • EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 10:51 7.9 83 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Dec 17 10:51 8.0 73 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Dec 17 10:51 7.8 93 MAP I Felt It INFO


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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