September 28, 2022

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Papua New Guinea. Tsunami warning withdrawn after 7.6 magnitude earthquake

BAngukok, Sep 11, 2022 (Lusa) — The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has withdrawn its Pacific Tsunami Warning after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea.

Still, NOAA warned that there could be “small fluctuations in sea level in some coastal areas.”

Residents told France Press that the quake damaged buildings near the town of Madang and inland in Papua New Guinea.

Residents of the shrine told the news agency they felt “very strong shaking” and that buildings were damaged.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which is under the authority of NOAA, the earthquake was located 67 kilometers from the town of Kainandu in eastern Papua New Guinea.

The quake struck at a depth of 61 kilometers at 06:46 (21:45 Saturday in Lisbon), the USGS added.

The extent of the damage is still unclear, but the USGS predicts “some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localized.”

On Saturday, an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit Indonesia’s Papua province this Sunday, followed minutes later by another earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale.

The island of Papua, split between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where the meeting of tectonic plates causes high seismic activity.

On May 27, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Service issued a tsunami warning for countries bordering the Indian Ocean after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of East Timor – which was withdrawn a few hours later.

In February, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck North Sumatra island, killing at least eight people.

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In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the island of Sulawesi, killing more than 100 people and destroying thousands of homes in the coastal city of Mamuju.

In 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 people across the region, including about 170,000 in Indonesia.

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