A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake shook Papua New Guinea

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Strong earthquake magnitude vibration 7.6 points of the Richter scale shocked her Papua New Guineacausing damage to buildings in Madang City and other areas.

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The US Geological Survey (USGS) issued a tsunami warning, which came about an hour later, while the Australian Meteorological Service informed that there is no tsunami threat.

Papua New Guinea – which includes the eastern part of New Guinea, the world’s second largest island (the western part is a province of Indonesia) – is located on the so-called ‘Ring of Fire’ in the Pacific Ocean, where seismic activity is intense due to of the movement of the tectonic plates.

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In February 2018, earthquake 7.5 in Papua New Guinea had triggered landslides, burying homes and killing at least 125 people.

On Saturday, three earthquakes (magnitudes 5.8 to 6.1) rock Indonesia’s Papua provincein the western part of New Guinea, fortunately without causing casualties or significant material damage.

In 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake in Indonesia triggered a tsunami that killed an estimated 220,000 people in several Southeast Asian countries.


Source: News Beast

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