Papua New Guinea struck by huge earthquake – second in 2 days – Ring of Fire VERY ACTIVE

Monday, February 26, 2018
By Paul Martin

AN EARTHQUAKE with a magnitude of 6.4 hit Papua New Guinea early on Tuesday – the second in as many days to rock the island nation amid furious seismic activity on fringes of the pacific – a region dubbed the ‘Ring of Fire’.

Mon, Feb 26, 2018

The 6.4 magnitude quake was recorded 142km from the city of Mount Hagen at a depth of roughy 10 km, according to US experts.

Yesterday’s 7.5 magnitude quake cut communications as well as gas and oil operations in the country after causing destructive landslides.

There is not believed to be a tsunami threat following today’s earthquake.

It is also unclear whether any injuries or building damage have been caused as a result of the 6.4 magnitude tremor.

Papua New Guinea rests on the so-called ‘Ring of Fire’ – a hotbed of seismic activity surrounding a tectonic plate that spans the pacific.

ExxonMobil Corp said it had shut its Hides gas conditioning plant on Sunday, close to the epicentre of yesterday’s quake, to look into what damage had been caused.

ExxonMobil’s PNG spokeswoman said: “All of ExxonMobil PNG Limited’s employees and contractors at its Hides facilities have been accounted for and we are pleased to report they are all safe.”

PNG oil and gas explorer Oil Search also said they had shut their production outlet.

Troops and rescue workers have been dispatched across the country over fears there could be yet more aftershocks.

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