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Earthquake of Magnitude 7.5 Strikes Papua New Guinea

A large earthquake hit central Papua New Guinea. The US Geological Institute (USGS) reports that the magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Monday 89 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of Porgera, the mountainous province of Enga, and 35 km deep in the nation Pacific Island.

According to Paul Caruso, Geophysicist of the Geological Survey, the 35-kilometer earthquake occurred in a rural jungle area near a mountain range.

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It was not immediately clear if there was any damage. The Geological Survey’s website has 19 reports of people who felt the earthquake, including some saying the quake was violent.

According to a seismologist from the Geophysical Observatory in the capital Port Moresby, the earthquake was felt up to Mount Hagen, 168 km from the triggering site.

“It will take time to get our teams on the ground and have a clear idea of ​​the consequences, ” said Felix Taranu.

On social networks, reports that buildings had been damaged in Porgera, also affected by power cuts were reported, he added, without mentioning injuries.

However, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no risk of a tsunami. Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea, which is on the   Pacific “fire belt” .

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Written by How Africa

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