September 23, 2020

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes eastern Papua New Guinea

An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 shook the island of New Britain on Sunday in eastern Papua New Guinea, without being informed in the first moments of victims or declared a tsunami warning.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which records seismic activity in the world, located the hypocenter 31 kilometers deep, according to preliminary data.

The closest population to the earthquake is Kokopo, a coastal town with about 20,000 inhabitants, about 124 kilometers north of the epicenter.

On February 26, 2018, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 caused more than a hundred deaths and more than half a million victims in the region of Papua New Guinea called Highlands.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of ​​great seismic and volcanic activity that is shaken a year by about 7,000 tremors, mostly moderate.


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