Papua New Guinea, a small South Pacific island, was hit by 7.4 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday May 5, 2015. This hit was followed by three more aftershocks, the first one hitting smaller levels at 5.9, 5.6 and finally 5.2. A Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning expecting a Tsunami to be the result, but surprisingly ended quickly and quietly, leaving little damage in its way. The Papua New Guinea earthquake hit big with additional aftershocks, but ended quietly.
Reported powerlines were brought down, plus cracking of walls and some minor damage were all the side effects accounted for on Tuesday. This event ended with no injuries or casualties. Powerline issues included knocking out power to residences, as well as a Geophysical Observatory office. Papua New Guinea was hit by an earthquake followed by the minor aftershocks; it was expected that a Tsunami would follow, but the weather left quietly into the night.
The Tsunami warning claimed that waves of up to one meter were expected with 300 kilometers of the epicenter, but thankfully were lifted hour later. This episode ended well, as opposed to the Nepal earthquake on April 25, 2015. Papua New Guinea was hit by an earthquake at a 7.4 magnitude, but the aftershocks followed were smaller and the consequences were not as serious.
By Elina Brik
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