A series of earthquakes has hit the Papua New Guinea area. The magnitudes were 5.3, 5.4, and 4.9.
The 5.4, the highest magnitude of the series, hit 154km southwest of Panguna, a town and copper mine located on the island of Bougainville. It occurred at 12:30:20 (UTC). The 5.3 occurred 158km SW of this town, at 13:34:39 (UTC). The 4.9. which came first, occurred at 10:43:44 (UTC) and happened 131km SW of Kokopo, the capital of East New Britain.
The closest cities to Panguna are Arawa, Kokopo, Kimbe, and Honiara. The last of these cities is located in the Solomon Islands, whereas the first three are in Papua New Guinea. The closest cities to Kokopo are Kimbe, Arawa, Port Moresby, and Kavieng. All of these cities are in Papua New Guinea.
Just eight days ago, on May 6, the Solomon Islands was hit by a 4.7 magnitude earthquake. There was no reported damage caused, nor anyone injured. The area that was affected was near Kirakira.
Earthquakes have been devasting certain areas of the world lately, most significantly Nepal. In less than three weeks, the country had two major earthquakes that totaled in thousands being dead, and hundreds missing and feared dead as a result. The injuries sustained both to the nation and those inside it were severe, and relief efforts have been being made from all over the world in order to rectify the situation and bring the country back to a suitable state.
By Chanel van der Woodsen
USGS – M5.3 – 158km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
USGS – M5.4 – 154km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
USGS – M4.9 – 131km SW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
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