Sunday, January 8, 2017

Magnitude 5.9 quake shakes northwest PNG

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake has struck the northwest of Papua New Guinea, with no reports of casualties or material damage by authorities, or even the activation of the tsunami alert.
The US Geological Survey, which records seismic activity worldwide, said the epicentre was 66 kilometres deep and 58 kilometers northwest of the coastal town of Finschhafen.
Papua New Guinea is located near the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a zone of high seismic and volcanic activity that experiences around 7000 tremors every year, mostly of low itensity.

We were expecting this event yesterday, so it came a day late but within our window of error.


Mw 5.9
Date time2017-01-08 08:52:08.4 UTC
Location6.18 S ; 147.60 E
Depth67 km
Distances364 km N of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 284,000 / local time: 18:52:08.4 2017-01-08
91 km NE of Lae, Papua New Guinea / pop: 76,300 / local time: 18:52:08.4 2017-01-08
55 km NW of Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea / pop: 1,100 / local time: 18:52:08.4 2017-01-08
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