Earthquake Watch: Magnitude 7.1 – Papua New Guinea

Posted on December 14, 2011


A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake has struck the Pacific state of Papua New Guinea, but no tsunami warnings have been issued.

The quake struck 89km (55 miles) from the second city of Lae, at a depth of 121km, said the US Geological Survey.

“It was very, very big,” a hotel receptionist in Lae reportedly said.

There have been no reports of serious damage. Seismologists say the tremor is unlikely to trigger a tsunami as it hit deep underground and inland.

The quake, originally rated as 7.3-magnitude, wrecked displays in Lae’s Foodmart shop and caused some damage to the ceiling, but “touch wood, nothing serious”, manager Albert Martinez told Reuters news agency.




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