7.5 Earthquake Jolts Papua New Guinea


Port Moresby: An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 has struck Papua New Guinea on Sunday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake, 14 km from Komo, struck around 11.14 p.m, as reported.

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It is currently unclear if the huge quake in the “Ring of Fire” — a hotbed of seismic activity surrounding a tectonic plate that spans the Pacific – caused any damage or injuries. It is an area known for seismic upheavals and volcanic eruptions.

Despite the huge magnitude, officials said there was no tsunami risk. A statement from Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said: “An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 occurred in New Guinea.”

About a half an hour later a second earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 in the same area with a depth of 39 kilometres. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre showed that there was no threat of a tsunami for Australia.