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article image7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Papua New Guinea

By Leo Reyes     Aug 5, 2010 in Environment
Papua New Guinea was hit by a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey. No tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Center or the local authorities.
Inquirer. net reports:
The quake hit New Britain island at 8:01 a.m. local time (2201 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of 54 kilometers, USGS said.
The epicenter was 145 kilometers (90 miles) east of Kandrian, on New Britain, and 570 kilometers (350 miles) east of Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea.
The last major earthquake that happened in New Guinea was in 1998 which had the same 7.0 magnitude. That particular earthquake killed at least 2,183 and left thousands injured. Around 9,500 people were rendered homeless as a result of the tsunami generated by the quake.
Papua New Guinea, is a country in Oceania, occupying the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous offshore islands (the western portion of the island is a part of the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua).
It is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, in a region defined since the early 19th century as Melanesia. The capital is Port Moresby.
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