Strong earthquake hits Papua New Guinea: USGS

23-Aug-2010 Intellasia | AFP | 7:01 AM Print This Post

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Saturday, seizmologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake struck at 3:56 am (1756 GMT Friday) at a depth of 51 kilometres (32 miles) with an epicentre 165 kilometres west-southwest of Arawa on Bougainville island, the US Geological Survey said.

Papua New Guinea, which is beset by poverty despite rich mineral deposits, sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seizmic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

A quake reading on a seismograph. A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Saturday, seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.
(AFP/File/Nicolas Asfouri)

 


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