Quake measuring 5.3 Richter struck off Eastern New Guinea reg, Papua New Guinea,

July 26th, 2008 - 2:19 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Hit by a moderate earth quake magnitude 5.3 in Papua New Guinea, Eastern New Guinea region at Friday, July 25 at 20:11:11 pm UTC (Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 06:11:11 AM local time) reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the earth quake located at 5.901°S, 146.609°E at a depth of 74.3 km. The epicenter is just 105 km NNW from Lae, 110 km SE from Madang, New Guinea, PNG, 400 km North from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and 2490 km NNW from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Papua New Guinea is mostly mountainous and mostly covered with tropical rainforest, as well as very large wetland areas surrounding the Sepik and Fly rivers. Papua New Guinea is surrounded by coral reefs which are under close watch to preserve them.

The country is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, at the point of collision of several tectonic plates. There are a number of active volcanoes and eruptions are frequent. Earthquakes are relatively common, sometimes accompanied by tsunamis.

The mainland of the country is the eastern half of New Guinea island, where the largest towns are also located, including the capital Port Moresby and Lae; other major islands within Papua New Guinea include New Ireland, New Britain, Manus and Bougainville.

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