7.5 magnitude quake strikes Papua New Guinea

26 February, 2018, 09:44 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Papua New Guinea

A major natural disaster struck Papua New Guinea early Sunday morning.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit about 90 kilometres southwest of Porgera on Monday morning.

It was followed by a magnitude 5.5 quake shortly after to the northwest. "There seem to be quite a few reports of the quake being felt strongly", he said.

"Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as tsunamis and landslides that might have contributed to losses", the USGS said. A series of strong aftershocks had rattled other parts of the fault line, McKee said.

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said there was no risk of a tsunami in the aftermath of the quake.

ExxonMobil said it had shut its Hides gas conditioning plant and that it believed administration buildings, living quarters and a mess hall had been damaged.

Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea, which sits on the so-called "Ring of Fire", a belt of tectonic plates circling the Pacific Ocean with frequent seismic activity.

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