Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits off Eastern Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, which is a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates

Agence France-Presse January 09, 2022 11:59:17 IST
Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits off Eastern Papua New Guinea

This photo taken on 27 February, 2018 shows damage to a road near Mendi in Papua New Guinea's highlands region after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake. AFP/ Melvin Levongo

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Papua New Guinea on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said.

The quake hit at a depth of 19 kilometres (12 miles) at 0205 GMT in the Solomon Sea, around 200 km off the southern coast of New Britain Island, according to the USGS.

There were no immediate reports of damage or tsunami warnings.

Papua New Guinea sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, which is a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

In July 2020, a 6.9-magnitude quake sparked terror in the capital Port Moresby, but there were no reports of major damage.

And in February 2018, a 7.5-magnitude quake hit the country's rugged highlands region, triggering landslides, burying homes and killing at least 125 people.

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