It was only a few days ago when the earthquake hit Central Italy (of 7.3 Richter scale) and then Myanmar-India border (of 6.9 Richter scale), now again it has hit Papua New Guinea region measuring 6.7 Richter scale. Though, at present, there is no tsunami alert in the Pacific-wide region but the magnitude was strong enough to shatter few buildings.
The tremors moved upside from a depth of 497 kilometres at 1.22 p.m. on Wednesday (US time zone) some 900 kilometres in the north-east of capital Port Moresby. Many have been affected by the earthquake which shook the region off the coast of New Ireland, Papua. The tremors have also been felt up till almost 757 kilometres from the epicentre.
According to Hawaiian-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, “Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected.” Also, the area is sparsely populated, having its nearest town named Namatanai. There are almost 1,000 people in that town. Residents dwelling in that place reportedly stated that it was not the first time they experienced such tremors, it’s quite common in the region but this time, its magnitude was a strong enough. As of now, no casualty have been recorded apart from few shattered buildings. The report was recorded in Daily Mail.
Seismologist Jonathan Bathgate said as “We do get earthquakes there of this size and larger on a very frequent basis [in Papua New Guinea]. It’s only 10 to 20 kilometres off the coast but still it’s very deep, so it wouldn’t be anything extreme at all. No tsunami. The region sits on the Pacific’s Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.”