Wednesday, December 14, 2011

7.3 - Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Papua New Guinea

7.3 Magnitude Strikes New Guinea

An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale hit Papua New Guinea today, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The tremor struck at a depth of 71.5 miles (115.1km), about 137 miles (221km) north-northwest of the capital Port Moresby at 3:05pm local time.

Witnesses in Port Moresby told AFP that people came running out of buildings, power lines swayed and parked cars rocked.

No immediate tsunami warning was issued.

Strong earthquake Strikes Papua New Guinea; no tsunami warning issued

Massive but deep earthquake below Eastern Papua New Guinea - main concern: landslides

A strong but very deep earthquake happened at 03:04 PM (15:04) below eastern Papua New Guinea. The depth of the earthquake will have weakened the shaking even just above the epicenter. Our main concern are possible landslides.


thriftomama said...

Hi Scott-I am definately expecting a lot more shaking in the next few weeks, including the u.s. Hope Im wrong but get yor emegency supplies stocked up, just in case

Scott said...

Thrift - I wouldn't be the least bit surprised. Quakes have been relatively quiet for a little while now and this may be the beginning of another period of quakes..We shall see.

Caver said...

Just took a look at

and the concentration around Indonesia and Japan looks ominous. Have to wonder how long this can go on before the stresses built up around the rest of the Ring of Fire go on until they "pop".