Papua New Guinea EARTHQUAKE: Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ ALERT as 6.5 magnitude quake hits

Saturday, April 7, 2018
By Paul Martin

PAPUA New Guinea was hit by a powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake which struck in the islands’ remote highlands on Saturday, the European earthquake monitoring service reported.

Express.co.uk
Sat, Apr 7, 2018

The very shallow quake was only two kms (1.2 miles) deep and 93 km (58 miles) southwest of Porgera in the Enga province, said the EMSC.

Quakes are common in Papua New Guinea, which sits on the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire”, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

The quake was 82 kms (51 miles) southwest of Porgera in Enga province and 47 kms (30 miles) deep, said the USGS. Earlier European quake monitor EMSC reported it at 6.5 magnitude and only two kms (1.2 miles) deep, but later scaled it down.

The earthquake happened just two months after a 7.5 quake struck the same highlands area, killing 125 people and leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

February’s quake also damaged mining and power infrastructure and led ExxonMobil Corp to shut its $19 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, the country’s biggest export earner. Miners Barrick Gold Corp and Ok Tedi Mining also reported damage to infrastructure.

Some of the recourse companies in the region, such as Oil Search, are still about eight weeks away from full operations. Oil production at the Gobe field had already returned to normal.

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