Saturday, December 17, 2016

8.0R in New Ireland Papua New Guinea!

A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea this morning and a tsunami threat was issued to areas near the epicenter. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The magnitude-7.9-8.0R quake struck 29 miles east of Taron in Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake was deep, at 61 miles. Deeper earthquakes tend to cause less damage than shallow ones.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a threat of a tsunami in Papua New Guinea and nearby areas.
The quake rattled residents near the epicenter on the island of New Ireland, but was not felt in Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, said Mathew Moihoi, an official with the Geophysical Observatory. There were no immediate reports of damage, though officials were still assessing the situation, he said.
Papua New Guinea sits on the Ring of Fire, the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.
As far as our prediction goes, you can see from the PNG Calendar, we were expecting strong activity tomorrow 18th, so this came in a day early. Since we predict with +-1 day, this is within our prediction range and hence this is a hit.We are the only people who predicted this event (within our tolerance), since the beginning of the month.


Mw 8.0
Date time2016-12-17 10:51:11.7 UTC
Location4.52 S ; 153.46 E
Depth100 km
Distances882 km NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 284,000 / local time: 20:51:11.7 2016-12-17
134 km E of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea / pop: 26,300 / local time: 20:51:11.7 2016-12-17
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