Quake measuring 7.2 hits the coast of Papua New Guinea

Marsha Scott
April 1, 2018

The US Geological Survey is reporting that a 6.9-magnitude quake has hit off the coast of the Papua New Guinea island of New Britain.

The quake struck at a depth of 10km, about 162 kilometres from the town of Rabaul on New Britain Island, about 7.25am on Friday.

It was measured at a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale.

At the Rapopo Plantation Resort on the coast, receptionist May Dovon said she had not heard of any casualties or damage.

There have been no immediate tsunami warnings issued by USGS.

On that note, it is pertinent to mention that the country is still recovering from a magnitude 7.5 quake on 26 February.

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The townspeople spent weeks trying to determine the damage caused by the quake, and are still struggling to get aid to the most remote and worst affected areas.

It is unclear if the natural disaster caused any damage to the island.

Papua New Guinea has been hit by a shallow magnitude 6.9 natural disaster.

More than 90 per cent of earthquakes occur here, as well as 22 or the 25 biggest volcanic eruptions in history.

At least 100 people died in Enga province, where massive landslides buried whole villages.

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