Moderate 5.2 Earthquake Strikes Papua New Guinea

earthquakeA moderate 5.2 earthquake strikes the remote New Britain island in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, according to the United States Geological Survey. Presently there have been no reports of damage to property or injury to persons living on the island.

The earthquake hit 29 miles WSW of Mendi, Papua New Guinea at approximately 7:10 p.m. The quakes epicenter was close to Southern Highlands Province.

With a depth of 10.km, the Papua New Guinea quake is considered shallow.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it is possible that the earthquake could trigger a tsunami, therefore, it would be prudent to check the OAA Tsunami Website to check for tsunami warnings. Moreover, the U.S Geological Survey says that today’s quake was manually reviewed.

Australia’s Tsunami Warning Center reports that its coastlines are not at risk.

Alerta Desaparecid posted a new blog which indicated a green alert. A green alert indicates that the earthquake is believed to have a low expected humanitarian impact. This is based on the magnitude and vulnerability to the targeted population.

It was not known if international humanitarian aid would be needed as such information would have to be determined by an expert.

It has been established that Papua New Guinea, it considered one of the world’s poorest countries. The geography of the island sits on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire. Therefore, it is a location that is riddled with seismic activity.

Written by DiMarkco Chandler

US Tribune News: Earthquake Reported at 29 Miles West-Southwest of Mendi, Papua New Guinea, Magnitude 5.2

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