June 30, 2013

Papua New Guinea Hit By Earthquake – Magnitude 6.5

Papua New Guinea, the Pacific island nation, was hit by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake early Monday morning.


No damage or injury has been reported so far, according to the Associated Press, but it is unclear as to whether any significant tsunami activity is imminent.  No Pacific tsunami warnings have been issued.

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea

While Papua New Guinea is a remote island nation, it is still home to almost 7 million people.

Papua New Guinea is located in an area of high earthquake and volcano activity, known as the “Ring of Fire,” in which approximately 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur.  While this is a significant earthquake, it is not uncommon in Papua New Guinea, or in this “Ring of Fire” zone.

Resources and Related Links

USGS Report on this earthquake

Associated Press story on Papua New Guinea Earthquake

Wikipedia Entry on Papua New Guinea

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center