▲ Up
 
02:07 04-05-2016
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanMongoliaWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
7.3 earthquake jolts in Papua New Guinea island

Bishkek (AKIpress) - earthquake A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 was recorded off Papua New Guinea's remote Bougainville Island, the US Geological Survey said on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said a destructive widespread tsunami was not expected, but said waves could be generated along coasts in the area from an earthquake of that magnitude.

“This is a highly active area seismically,” said Chris McKee, the assistant director at the Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory in the Papua New Guinea capital. “The population is strung out along the coast in a number of centres, but it's not densely populated.”

The quake was initially measured at 7.4 but was later revised down to 7.3. It was centred in the sea about 75km south-west of the town of Arawa on Bougainville, at a depth of about 50km, the USGS said.

In 1998, a magnitude 7 earthquake triggered a tsunami that smashed into villages near Aitape on Papua New Guinea's north coast and killed more than 2 000 people.

Resource-rich Bougainville, which neighbours the Solomon Islands, fought for a bloody war for independence from Papua New Guinea in the 1990s, leading to the closure of the Panguna copper mine, majority-owned by Rio Tinto Ltd.

Residents in Bougainville's second-largest town of Buka and Gizo in the north of the Solomon Islands reported feeling tremors but said there was no immediate signs of any damage, Reuters reported.


Twitterfacebookprint
15:58 11.04.2014
LATEST NEWS
22:25 Johnson & Johnson obliged to pay $55 mln in talc-powder trial22:10 GM Uzbekistan’s head taken into custody20:49 Minister of Commerce of China on working visit in Tashkent20:29 Baby found alive four days after building collapsed in Nairobi20:11 Mudflows wash away 170 heads of livestock in Kezart village of Aksy district19:56 Minimum wage in Kyrgyzstan makes 4,828 soms in Q118:31 Kyrgyzstan to concentrate on adaptation of Sustainable Development Strategies to UN’s Goal – PM18:02 Kyrgyzstan offers to include text about World Nomad Games in UN General Assembly Resolution17:35 Mudflows flood 5 houses and 3 stables in Aksy district17:09 Average age of first marriage among women – 23 years, among men – 26 years in Kyrgyzstan – statistics15:38 Balykchy-Korumdu scandal leads to resignation of high rank officials13:37 Ted Cruz: Trump 'is a pathological liar'13:02 Vostokelectro JSC stakeholders elect new revision commission12:37 43 veterans of World War 2 live in Talas region11:56 Bishkek to host Festival of Korean Films11:46 Tajikistan’s trade policy adaptation discussed in Dushanbe amid membership in World Trade Organization11:20 Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy invites OIC Secretary General to participate in international summer school for young diplomats10:54 Russian Pacific National University sets quota for Kyrgyz school graduates10:06 Education Ministry plans to introduce theological education in school system17:27 2 licenses issued for development of shell limestone deposits in Osh and Jalal-Abad regions
Astana
+11° C
Ashgabat
+22° C
Bishkek
+18° C
Dushanbe
+18° C
Tashkent
+24° C
Ulaanbaatar
+16° C
exchange rates
 
78.21
68.26
10.55
1.06
373.14
327.66
50.51
5.09
6.85
6.26
1.01
0.12
3286.53
2888.39
446.81
42.81
4.02
3.50
0.54
0.05

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2016. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75