Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hit Papua New Guinea

A strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.6 on the Richter scale hit New Britain region, Papua New Guinea, on July 4, 2014, at 15:00 UTC. USGS reported depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.6 at depth of 20 km.Epicenter was located 193 km (120 miles) S of Taron and 300 km (186 miles) W of Arawa, Papua New Guinea.There are no people living within 100 km radius.No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data. However, earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter.Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and VicinityThe Australia-Pacific plate boundary is over 4000 km long on the… »

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