According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a little over one hour ago a 4.9 magnitude earthquake was recorded when it struck an area around 164 kilometers from Arawa, North Solomons, Papua New Guinea at 1:11 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The earthquake had an epicenter around 35 kilometers below the surface Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Just seven hours ago, the same area was hit with a 7.1 magnitude earth at depth of 23 kilometers, according to the USGS. The most recent quake could be a result of aftershock. There are currently no reports regarding the damage of buildings or people injured in the recent quake.
The people of Papua New Guinea have been victims to the many earthquakes that have hit the area recently. As stated by the USGS, there have been at least 11 earthquakes recorded today, Thursday, March 7, 2015. Just in March, there have been 48. This week the largest quake was registered at a 7.5 magnitude in Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
By Alex Lemieux
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