Papua New Guinea struck by violent 7.5 magnitude earthquake

Published on : Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The north coast of Papua New Guinea was rattled by a strong earthquake of 7.5 magnitude late Tuesday night disrupting power supply and sending residents fleeing for safety.

 

 

As per U.S. Geological Survey report, the shallow quake occurred around 11 p.m. local time, some 44 kilometers northeast of Kokopo on New Britain island. Aftershocks were also felt long after the initial quake.

 

Megan Martin, the managing director of the Ropopo Plantation Resort in Kokopo, told AFP, “It was massive, absolutely massive. Very scary.”

 

An AFP reporter based in Kokopo said electricity went off in the town after the quake struck and people ran from their homes for safety.

 

However, there were no initial reports of serious damage

 

Papua New Guinea falls within the Pacific “Ring of Fire” a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

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