6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes near north coast of Papua New Guinea

August 1, 2011Papua New Guinea –  A preliminary 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Monday morning off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake struck around 9:39 a.m. and was centered 131 kilometers (81 miles) east of Wewak, which is on the northern coast of the Pacific nation, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Its depth was reported at 16 kilometers (9 miles). The Japan Meteorological Agency — which had an identical measure for the quake’s strength — noted on its website that “there is a very small possibility of a destructive local tsunami” as a result. It said any tsunami likely would not be over half a meter (20 inches) high. “However at some coasts, particularly near the epicenter, high tsunamis may arrive (larger) than our estimation,” the agency said on its website. But within about two hours after the quake struck, the Japanese agency reported there were no such warnings or advisories still in effect. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue any threats or warning, noting on its website that there was no danger of a tsunami striking Hawaii. Similarly, the Australia tsunami warning center said there was no threat to that nation. –CNN
This is the sixth 6.0+ magnitude earthquake to strike the globe in seven days.
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2 Responses to 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes near north coast of Papua New Guinea

  1. Gen says:

    Alvin, I just found this when I clicked on Earthquakes in Australia which I usually do when I want to go from USGS to Geoscience Australia.

    Quake epicenter very close to island of Biem or Bam which is a volcano, rather than Wewak.



  2. luisport says:

    Noticeable increase in activity along the Alpine Fault Line since the M6.8 in PNG 24 less than 24 hours ago.

    Look at the drums from INZ to WVZ along the Alpine Fault line that is said to be “overdue” to rupture. Capable of a M7+ earthquake along the West Coast of NZ.

    To me it looks like “long” seismic activity at “INZ” and Short bursts of activity at “WVZ” stations.

    Hopefully calms own again.




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