Earthquake of magnitude 6.9 in Papua New Guinea, risk of tsunami

Séisme de magnitude 6,9 en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, risque de tsunami

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 was recorded on Friday in eastern Papua New Guinea, leading to the issuance by the local authorities of a notice of alert to the risk of tsunami.

The american observatory USGS stated that the earthquake had occurred at 12.50 (02H50 GMT) at a depth of 85 km to several hundred kilometers to the north-east of the capital Port Moresby.

The Center for tsunami warning in the Pacific has warned the people living in the coastal areas in a radius of 300 km around the epicenter, indicating a risk of the waves “dangerous”.

We did not have in the immediate future, no information on possible damage caused by this earthquake.

Because of the precariousness of the means of communication in Papua New Guinea, the difficulty of the terrain and lack of roads, it can take days to become aware of the extent of the impact of natural disasters in the archipelago.

Papua lies on the Pacific ring of fire, theatre of intense volcanic activity and seismic.

In February 2018, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 in the centre of Papua New Guinea had made at least 125 people dead and destroyed hundreds of buildings.

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