Island Watch: Earthquakes in Papua New Guinea

A series of three moderate to strong earthquakes have struck the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea since Tuesday morning New Zealand time.

The three earthquakes ranged between magnitude 5.4 and 6.3 at depths between 10 and 110 km according to data supplied by the US Geological Survey.

The first earthquake in the sequence struck at 9:56 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday November 7th on the western side of New Britain. The quake was magnitude 5.8 and located 85 km ESE of Madang, New Guinea.

A magnitude 5.4 event at a depth of 70 km followed at 10:16 p.m. later in the day. This earthquake was located further east at 115 km ESE of Kimbe, New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

A strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck 145 km south-east of Kimbe, New Britain at 6:39 this morning (Wednesday) New Zealand Daylight time. This quake was much shallower at 10 km and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, which placed the quake at magnitude 6.6, issued a bulletin at 6:53 a.m. New Zealand Daylight Time advising that a Pacific-wide tsunami threat did NOT exist.

The area near Kimbe, New Britain, experienced a strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake on October 17th.

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

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