Strong Quake, Bougainville, PNG

A strong undersea quake struck the Bougainville region of Papua New Guinea shortly before midday today.

Tuesday 2nd February 2010

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck 125 km west of Arawa, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (885 km east-north-east of the capital Port Moresby) at 11:28 New Zealand time. The quake, located under the Solomon Sea, was 33 km deep according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Geoscience Australia reports the quake as magnitude 6.6 at a depth of 7 km. Their analysis places the epicentre just off the southwestern coast of Bougainville Island near Amun, northwest of Empress Augusta Bay. They estimate the quake would have caused damage within 66 km of the epicentre, an area which stretches from Puto in the north to Arawa in the southeast. Shaking from the quake would have been felt up to 800 km away.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has not issued a bulletin for this event.

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

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