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An earthquake M6.6 occurred off the coast of Papua - New Guinea: chronicle of a tsunamis and earthquakes in this region PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2011 06:02

 

According to the USGS, about two hours ago – at 00.03 UTC June 16, 2011 off the coast of New Britain in Papua - New Guinea was a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.6. The earthquake was located at a depth of 21.5 kilometers, of 577 kilometers from the capital of Papua - New Guinea, Port Moresby.

Papua - New Guinea is a country, located in south-western Pacific Ocean, which occupies the eastern part of the island of New Guinea in the Bismarck Archipelago and northern Solomons. The total area of the Papua - New Guinea is about 463 square kilometers and is home to nearly 6 million people, mostly Papuans and Melanesians.

New Britain Island is Melanesian island in the State of Papua - New Guinea, with 600 km long and maximum width of 80 kilometers. This island is the largest island of the Bismarck Archipelago, it is home to about 400 thoUSAnd inhabitants. Most of the islands of the State of Papua - New Guinea have mountainous terrain, with many mountain ranges. Total in the Papua - New Guinea are 18 active volcanoes, with the ongoing activity of these volcanoes are related, and frequent earthquakes in this region of the planet.

One of the most tragic earthquakes in the territory of Papua - New Guinea happened on July 17, 1998 in the north-west. An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 points emerged from the tSunami wave height of 15 meters, which led to the deaths of more than 2,000 people, several thoUSAnd local residents were left homeless. Major victims were avoided from the fact, that the tSunami occurred in one of the most remote areas of the country. But despite this, even in the city of Rabaul, a distance of nearly 1,100 km from the epicenter of the earthquake, the sea level rose by 6 cm after the earthquake of 1998.

Also in 2002, on the territory of Papua - New Guinea was the strongest earthquake in 2002. The strength of tremors in the epicenter of the earthquake then was 7.5 points. The tSunami, which arose as a result of the earthquake, swept away dozens of homes on the coast, but heavy casualties could again were avoided since, and this time the tSunami occurred in one of the most remote areas of the country.

In 2011, on the territory of Papua - New Guinea has repeatedly been major earthquakes have occurred. Thus, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.5 near the island of New Britain was on March 10, 2011. The epicenter was in the 75 km of south-west of Kimba. Repeated earthquake, with magnitude 4.6 occurred 50 km of south-east of Kimba on March 11, 2011.

Also, on May 1, 2011 earthquake with magnitude 5.8 occurred near the island of Bougainville, which is located in the archipelago of the Solomon Islands, located to the east of the Papua - New Guinea. Thereafter, a second earthquake occurred on May 16, 2011 again on the island of Bougainville, 122 km of west of the Arava.

Since the Papua - New Guinea has one of the lowest proportion of urban residents in the general population (less than 15%), the earthquakes themselves in the territory of Papua - New Guinea has led to major casualties, but the effects of earthquakes - in the form of tSunamis, represent a greater threat to the population.

According to the observing stations for tSunamis, located in the Pacific Ocean, a tSunami threat from earthquakes on June 16, 2011 for the populated areas of the Papua - New Guinea -was not reported, but in Papua - New Guinea and Indonesia announced a tSunami warning, due to the earthquake. Given this frequency of earthquakes in the territory of Papua - New Guinea, scientists now expect repeated earthquakes in this region of the Earth.


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