Tuesday, April 23, 2013

6.4 earthquake: Quake near Papua New Guinea, no tsunami warnings

6.4 earthquake: Quake near Papua New Guinea, no tsunami warnings, A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has rocked the world near Papua New Guinea, but luckily there was no tsunami for Hawaii. KFVE reported on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, that the very strong earthquake hit an area off the coast of Papua New Guinea, but the strength of the 6.4 earthquake luckily wasn't enough to cause a tsunami threat to Hawaii.

The Australia Broadcasting Company said that there were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said that the 6.4 earthquake struck around 20 miles north of Rabul at a depth of 11.1 miles.

“Damage would be more likely in coastal areas of New Ireland,” Seismologist John Bathgate from Geoscience Australia told the ABC. “It would certainly have given the area a good shake but Rabaul is on the edge of our damage radius.”

Susan McGrade, Rabaul Hotel owners, said that she felt the sheer strength of the earthquake for close to a minute.

“And I dropped the phone, I roared outside and my swimming pool was sloshing all over the place, just like surfing and the water was sloshing off onto the pavement around it,” she was quoted as saying. “And we just all jumped around – my girls and I try and pretend it’s not that bad by jumping up and down.”

Just a week ago, there was a 6.8 earthquake off the coast of Papua New Guinea, but there were no reports of damage then either. Hawaii luckily did not have to worry about a tsunami either time.

”It’s not unusual for the area to experience this type of quakes, or even larger,” Bathgate told AFP.

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