Papua New Guinea Earthquake Measuring 7.3 Rocks Bougainville

Friday, 11 Apr 2014 10:37 AM

By Newsmax Wires

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A powerful magnitude-7.3 earthquake has struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea, but there were no immediate reports of a tsunami or damage and injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was located 38 miles southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island. It struck at a depth of 31 miles, according to The Associated Press.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a destructive widespread tsunami. But the agency said quakes of this size can sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive to coasts within a few hundred kilometers of the epicenter.

Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea. The country lies on the "Ring of Fire" — an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.

"This is a highly active area seismically," said Chris McKee, the assistant director at the Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory in the Papua New Guinea capital. "The population is strung out along the coast in a number of centers, but it's not densely populated."

The quake was initially measured at 7.4 but was later revised down to 7.3, according to Reuters.

In 1998, a magnitude 7 earthquake triggered a tsunami that smashed into villages near Aitape on Papua New Guinea's north coast and killed more than 2,000 people.

Resource-rich Bougainville, which neighbors the Solomon Islands, fought for a bloody war for independence from Papua New Guinea in the 1990s, leading to the closure of the Panguna copper mine, majority-owned by Rio Tinto Ltd

Residents in Bougainville's second-largest town of Buka and Gizo in the north of the Solomon Islands reported feeling tremors but said there was no immediate signs of any damage.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
[Error loading the WebPart '']
Value cannot be null. Parameter name: virtualPath
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Prince's Goddaughter Arrested at Airport for Alleged Tantrum

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 15:10 PM

Tara Palmer-Tompkinson, Prince Charles' goddaughter, was arrested Saturday at Heathrow Airport after she reportedly thre . . .

Joe Cocker Dies: Legendary Rock Singer Loses Lung Cancer Battle at 70

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 14:37 PM

British singer Joe Cocker, known for a memorable Woodstock performance and cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help Fro . . .

Udo Juergens Dies: German-Language Pop Superstar Was 80

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 14:19 PM

Austrian-born star Udo Juergens died Sunday at age 80 after a five-decade career dominating pop music in the German-spea . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved