Monday, March 26, 2018

6.6 Quake Hits Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea hit by 6.6 earthquake

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake struck about 80 miles east of Kimbre on the island of New Britain at a depth of about 25 miles, according to the agency.
No tsunami watches or warnings were issued due to the quake, and there were no immediate reports of injuries.

A magnitude 7.5 quake last month in central Papua New Guinea region killed at least 125 peopleand forced another 35,000 from their homes.
The region is remote and undeveloped, and assessments about the scale of the damage and injuries have been slow to filter out. Strong aftershocks have continued to rattle the area.
The quake on Monday was just the latest spark of activity this year along the volatile "Ring of Fire" seismic fault system.

So far this year, activity in the volatile region included volcanic eruptions in Japan and the Phillipines, and an earthquake off the coast of Alaska.

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