Shallow 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes northern coast of Papua New Guinea

Papua NG April 16
April 16, 2013PAPUA,  NGA strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 was recorded off the remote northern coast of Papua New Guinea at a depth of about 8 km (5 miles) on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said in a statement there was no threat of a widespread tsunami from the quake, although it warned that earthquakes of that size could generate destructive tsunamis within 100 km (60 miles) of the epicenter. The Australian government’s Bureau of Meteorology said there was no tsunami threat to Australia. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury. In 1998, part of the northern coast of Papua New Guinea was devastated by a tsunami, generated by a 7.0 quake, that killed around 2,200 people. –Yahoo News
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2 Responses to Shallow 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes northern coast of Papua New Guinea

  1. Steven Cass says:

    One thing I find scary about this is that it seems people are getting desensitized to these earthquakes. I realized, reading the headline, that I too was falling into that. “A 6.8 isn’t that bad.” Yes it is, Steve! Wasn’t the earthquake that caused all the damage in LA in the nineties like a 6.7?
    Thanks for keeping us informed, and in a way that helps me make sure I’m not going to get desensitized and stop praying for the victims.


  2. Rene says:

    I live in PNG and find that these larger earthquakes are not a problem for the local building code. The only excitement and confusion comes from the possibility of a tsunami. If the US tsunami center issues a warning, it’s not necessarily applicable to the entire PNG island. So, you also have to check with the Australians to see if they are putting up alerts. That area does not have tall buildings, and most bush-materials structures and even larger commercial buildings do not have damage, except that floor tiles are cracked and the mortar between concrete blocks breaks up. So, when they say “only” for PNG, it’s because there really isn’t an impact to infrastructure if it’s an earthquake only.


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