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Major Earthquake Hits Off Papua New Guinea

Liz Burlingame
Published: April 19, 2014

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake was recorded off the coast of Papua New Guinea Saturday, and a tsunami warning was issued for a short time for both Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was located 47 miles southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island. It struck at a depth of 19 miles.

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A small tsunami of less than a half foot was observed at Tarekukure Wharf, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea. The country lies on the "Ring of Fire" — an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.

Saturday's tremor marks the third major earthquake in the region in the past week. On April 13, two separate earthquakes hit the Solomon Islands with magnitudes 7.6 and 7.4. An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 was also recorded off Papua New Guinea's remote Bougainville Island on April 11, but there were no damage reports.

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Two men talk outside a home damaged by an earthquake in Nagarote, Nicaragua, Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

 


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