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article imageStrong seismic activity rattles the South Pacific

By Andrew Moran     Jul 21, 2010 in World
Jakarta - Two strong earthquakes have struck the nations of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Although there have not been tsunami alerts issued, these two countries have been entrenched with seismic activity.
Over the weekend, Papua New Guinea was hit by two strong earthquakes. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) upgraded one of those earthquakes from 6.9-magnitude to 7.3-magnitude. The state of Alaska has also been experiencing intense seismic activity since the weekend.
On Monday, Papua New Guinea was rocked, once again, by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake, according to the USGS. On Tuesday, Indonesia was struck by a 6.1-magnitude quake in the region of Northern Halmahera.
Papua New Guinea’s earthquake was located 45 miles (70 km) southeast of Kimbe and 1,490 miles (2400 km) north of Brisbane. The quake’s depth was measured at 22.3 miles (35.9 km).
Since then, the country has experienced two aftershocks; one measured at 5.6-magnitude and the other a 5.1-magnitude.
Indonesia’s earthquake was located 165 miles (265 km) northeast of Ternate, Moluccas and 930 miles (1,500 km) southeast of Manila, Philippines. The earthquake’s depth was measured at 63.4 miles (102 km).
There have been no aftershocks reported in Indonesia.
There have not been any tsunami alerts issued by the proper authorities and there have been no reports of injuries, fatalities or significant damages in the region.
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