3 dead in Java quake; 7.0 quake jolts Papua New Guinea

13 October, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Myra Gill
  • The United States Geological Survey said the PNG quake hit about 125 kilometres east of Kimbe at a depth of around 40km

At least three people have died in earthquakes that struck Indonesia and then Papua New Guinea's neighbour in the space of two hours, with magnitudes respectively of 6 and 7.

The magnitude 7.0 quake in Papua New Guinea struck about 118 kilometers (74 miles) east of Kimbe, West New Britain, on the Pacific island nation.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were forecast for some coasts.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has not issued a tsunami warning.

Indonesia, Russia and Papua New Guinea woke up to strong earthquakes on Thursday morning, which measured 6.3, 6.7 and 7.0 on the Richter scale, respectively.


The country is is still recovering from a magnitude-7.5 quake that hit around 900km to the west, which killed at least 100 people last February.

To date, the largest aftershock recorded has been magnitude 7.1 that did not produce a damaging tsunami. The quake killed at least 100 people. The quake reportedly originated in the Bali Sea and managed to shoo buildings and infrastructures on nearby resorts.

Indonesia is still recovering from a double natural disaster, measuring 7.7 and 6.1 on the Richter scale, and a tsunami which struck the island of Sulawesi on September 28, as relief work is underway.

Following the major quake, a series of small tremors continue to rock some part of the region. The quake's epicenter was located around 200 kilometers southwest of Rabaul at a depth of 40 kilometers.

The latest quake came on the same day when the Indonesian authorities planned to conclude the search for victims of the quake-tsunami that struck its Sulawesi Island on September 28.

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