Tsunami Warning Issued After Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Struck Papua New Guinea

A powerful earthquake hit Papua New Guinea, triggering a tsunami alert in the country and the neighbouring Solomon Islands. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude 7.5 on the richter scale and was centered 45 kilometers northeast of Kokopo.

The earthquake was believed to have struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers.

Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage on the Earth’s surface, but the USGS estimated that damage and injuries would be low because of the sparse population.

Papua New Guinea is located on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, to the east of Indonesia. It sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world’s earthquakes and volcanic activity occur.

magnitude 7.5 earthquake in the nation’s central region early last year killed at least 125 people and forced another 35,000 from their homes. That quake hit remote and undeveloped areas, and assessments of the scale of the damage and injuries were slow to filter out.

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