Papua New Guinea: Powerful Earthquake Measuring 6.9 Magnitude Strikes Off


A powerful earthquake measuring 6.9 magnitude struck off the shore of New Britain island in Papua New Guinea on Monday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. There was no tidal wave cautioning issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and there were no prompt reports of harm.

The USGS said the shudder’s epicenter was a shallow 35 km (21 miles) somewhere down in the ocean between New Britain island and Papua New Guinea’s north drift. “We felt it just a few minutes ago, but from where we are there was no damage,” said Claire Jolam, receptionist at Walindi Plantation Resort, at Kimbe on New Britain.

The quake was so powerful that it was felt as far away as the capital Port Moresby, 750 km (460 miles) away on the country’s south coast.Albert Kasokason, who lives in Port Moresby, told Reuters that he felt the earthquake while at his office.

“Nothing fell over. It was just unusual for Port Moresby,” he said. “There is no damage but a lot of people felt it throughout Port Moresby.”In July 1998, two undersea shudders measuring 7.0 extent made three tidal waves that slaughtered no less than 2,100 individuals close to the town of Aitape on Papua New Guinea’s north drift. Papua New Guinea is on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” which has visit seismic tremors and volcanic ejections.