Earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 on the Papua New Guinea rocks
- An earthquake with a force of 6.2 hit Papua New Guinea near the capital
- According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake was close to the coast
- No tsunami warning was given despite the fact that there were “pretty strong ground vibrations.”
An 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea today, the US Geological Survey said.
The earthquake hit just after sixteen local time at a depth of 19 miles about 75 miles south of Kokopo, the capital of the East New Zealand province of PNG, according to the USGS.
Despite the earthquake close to the coast, no tsunami warning was issued, the authorities said.
Geoscience Australia’s senior seismologist, Trevor Allen, said coastal communities near the epicenter would have felt “pretty strong ground vibrations” because the quake was close to the coast.
The earthquake hit at a depth of 19 miles about 75 miles south of Kokopo (photo), the capital of Papua New Guinea
But, he said, the area was relatively sparsely populated and flexible building design helped locally reduce exposure to earthquake damage.
There were no immediate reports of damage to buildings or injuries, the authorities said.
“The East New Britain region is one of the most seismically active regions in the world and would normally receive an earthquake of this magnitude once or twice a year,” Allen said.
Seismologists said that coastal residents near the epicenter would have felt “pretty strong ground vibrations,” because the quake was close to the coast of Papua New Guinea
Miriam Koikoi, a receptionist at Kokopo Beach Bungalow Resort, said the trembling was “not that big” and that she had seen no signs of damage.
PNG is located on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.
The mountainous and remote terrain means that it often takes several days for earthquake damage information to reach officials and relief organizations.