Strong Quake, Papua New Guinea

A strong earthquake struck eastern New Guinea this evening, Saturday August 30th 2008, New Zealand time.

The magnitude 6.3 earthquake, which struck at 6:54 p.m., was located 70 km north-north-east of Lae, New Guinea (190 km east-south-east of Madang, 360 km north of the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby) at a depth of 56 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Geoscience Australia also report the earthquake at magnitude 6.3 but at the shallower depth of 30 km, and estimate it would have caused damage within 50 km of the epicentre. Estimates suggest that the quake would have been felt up to 600 km from the epicentre, which includes much of Papua New Guinea.

The earthquake epicentre was on-shore and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has not issued a bulletin for the event.

[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and its contributing agencies, and Geoscience Australia.]

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