Strong Earthquake near Bougainville, PNG

A magnitude 6.7 undersea earthquake struck Papua New Guinea this afternoon. The quake, which struck at 2:52 p.m. NZST on Thursday 28th June 2007 was located 220 km SSW of Arawa, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. The epicentre is 825 km east of the capital Port Moresby, PNG.

The US Geological Survey estimate the quake’s depth at 10 km, whilst the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) estimate the depth at 33 km.

The PTWC issued a bulletin 15 minutes after the earthquake noting that a local tsunami may have been generated but, based on historical data, no widespread tsunami threat exists.

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

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