Powerful earthquake hits eastern Papua New Guinea | News about earthquakes

Videos of the aftermath of a magnitude 7.6 earthquake show cracked roads and damaged buildings.

An earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale has struck eastern Papua New Guinea, damaging buildings and causing panic among residents.

The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at a depth of 61 km (38 miles) Sunday morning, about 67 km (41 miles) from the eastern city of Kainantu.

It issued a tsunami warning but then said the threat “is now over”. But it did note that there may still be “minor sea level fluctuations in some coastal areas.”

There were no direct reports of casualties.

Residents of Papua New Guinea took to social media to share images and videos of cracked roads, damaged buildings and cars and items falling from supermarket shelves.

Video of damage to a university in the eastern highland town of Goroka showed large cracks in walls and window awnings that fell during the quake.

Local residents in Lae and Madang, closest to the epicenter, told AFP news agency that the shaking was much stronger than previous quakes.

“Very strong, everything was like sitting on a sea – just floating,” said Hivi Apokore, an employee at the Jais Aben Resort near Madang.

Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea, which sits on the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire,” a hot spot for seismicity due to friction between tectonic plates.

An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale shook the country’s remote mountainous highlands in 2018, killing more than 100 people and damaging thousands of homes.

In neighboring Indonesia, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake in 2004 triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 across the region.

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