Earthquakes in Eastern New Guinea

A strong earthquake struck eastern New Guinea this morning, followed by a 5th magnitude aftershock.

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck 85 km north of Lae, in eastern New Guinea (390 km north of Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby) at 7:55 New Zealand Daylight Time this morning, Wednesday the 2nd of January 2008. The onshore quake was 48 km deep.

A magnitude 5.5 aftershock struck nearby 18 minutes later at a depth of 64 km. It was located 85 km north-north-west of Lae (385 km north of Port Moresby). Both quakes were located about 140 km south-east of Madang.

A 200 km-deep undersea earthquake of magnitude 4.9 was recorded 140 km north of Lae on December 27th.

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

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