17 DEC , 2016  

A 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.