Tsunami alert after 7.5-magnitude earthquake off Papua New Guinea - USGS
The offshore quake struck 45km northeast of the New Britain capital, Kokopo, at 12.58 UTC, and was 10 km deep. The US National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has warned that “hazardous tsunami waves” are possible for coastal regions located within 1000km of the quake’s epicenter, limiting any potential waves to the PNG and Solomon Islands region.
#Tsunami warning issued in the wake of Magnitude 7.5 earthquake near #Papua, New Guinea. This is one of the world's most active subduction zones as the Australian plate converges with & moves beneath the Pacific plate. Shallower earthquake (10 km deep) increases tsunami risk pic.twitter.com/cjZx78Z5hH— Chris Murphy TWN (@MurphTWN) May 14, 2019
This is the second earthquake to hit Papua New Guinea in just over a week. On May 6, a 7.2 magnitude quake rocked the region with shocks felt 250km away from its epicenter in PNG’s capital, Port Moresby. This followed earthquakes in the region in February and March that were measured at magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.1, respectively.Also on rt.com 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Panama and Costa Rica border region – USGS
Located in the hot spot of seismic and volcanic activity that is the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire, Papua New Guinea experiences regular earthquakes due to the friction of tectonic plates located deep beneath the surface. Since 1990, the PNG region has experienced 14 earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.5 or greater, according to the US Geological Survey (USGC).
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