Recent Earthquake in PNG Measuring 7.0

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.0 has struck Papua New Guinea, according to seismologists and residents. The earthquake struck at 3:04 a.m. local time on Monday and was centred in Chambri Lake, about 37 kilometres east of Ambunti or 96 kilometres southwest of Wewak, the capital of East Sepik province.

The earthquake was fairly deep, occurring about 62 kilometres below the surface. Fortunately, there is no threat of a tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Although details about damage or casualties from the remote region are not yet available, up to 4.5 million people may have felt the quake, including 466,000 people who may have felt “strong” to “very strong” shaking.

A resident in the Chambri Lake, near the epicentre, described the shaking as “strong” and said it lasted about 45 seconds.

Papua New Guinea is on the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, and earthquakes in this mountainous nation rarely cause major damage because many structures in the region are light and flexible. However, earthquakes in Papua New Guinea are capable of causing major landslides.

In September 2022, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea, killing at least 21 people and injuring dozens more. In 2018, a series of strong earthquakes hit the country, killing at least 200 people. Many deaths were caused by landslides.

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