December 14, 2011

7.1 Magnitude Earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.1 magnitude struck the Pacific state of Papua New Guinea on Wednesday creating a panic among the people. However, no Tsunami warning has been issued.

The US Geological Survey said that the quake hit at 05:04 GMT at a depth of 121 km (75 miles) southwest of the coastal city of Lae and 221 km from the capital Port Moresby.

People were seen running out of buildings to open fields. The quake shook the houses and the power lines were affected due to it. The cars parked on roadside were also hit.

Witnesses said the intensity of the quake was big. However, there were no reports of serious damage. Officials assured that the tremors are not likely to trigger tsunami as it hit inland.

The intensity of the quake was recorded 7.3-magnitude. News reports showed that the quake caused some damage to the ceiling of the shops as cracks have been found on the walls. However, no causalities have been reported so far.

The quake lasted for two to three minutes, the buildings were shaken and people were frightened during the Christmas season.

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