Earthquake in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake

Another earthquake has struck today the shaky region of East New Britain, in Kokopo, Papua New Guinea. It was registered at about 65 km of depth and had a 5.0 magnitude.

Major quake strikes have hit Kokopo in the past week alone, besides the one today. On May 4, 2015, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake off the coasts of Papua New Guinea generated a small tsunami and consequently damaged buildings in the small town of Kokopo. On May 8, 2015, a 5.2 magnitude quake was registered at 49km depth, the next day the earth shook two times in Kokopo , while the day after that another two quakes were recorded at a 5.0 magnitude, 52km depth and 4.8 magnitude, 45km depth respectively.

Recently, the US Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting and researching these kind of geological patterns, stated that they happened as the result of thrust faulting. For the location of the quake today in Kokopo, some specialists have split the edges of the Australia and Pacific plates into a few microplates that take up the overall convergence.

By Lucky Graziano

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