Papua New Guinea Quake

May 16, 2011 by staff 

Papua New Guinea QuakePapua New Guinea Quake, A strong earthquake shook the coast of Papua New Guinea on Monday but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The magnitude 6.5 quake 76 miles (122 kilometers) west of Arawa, the capital of the province of Bougainville, at a depth of 27 miles (43 kilometers), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Tsunami Warning Center Pacific said there was no threat of a widespread destructive tsunami and sea level measured in the region showed no unusual wave activity. But the agency said earthquakes of this size sometimes generate tsunamis on the coast within 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the epicenter.

Bill Yomba, an official from Papua New Guinea Centre National Disaster, said there were no reports of any tsunami hitting the coast or any injury or damage.

Earthquakes of this magnitude are relatively common in Papua New Guinea. The country is in the “Ring of Fire” – an arc of earthquakes and volcanic zones stretching around the Pacific Rim, where about 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur.

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