6.7-magnitude earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

March 22nd, 2012 - 5:32 am ICT by BNO News  

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (BNO NEWS) — A strong earthquake struck the island of New Guinea in Papua New Guinea on early Thursday morning, seismologists said.

The 6.7-magnitude earthquake at 8:15 a.m. local time (2215 GMT Wednesday) was centered about 64 kilometers (40 miles) east of Goroka, the capital of the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. It struck about 114.8 kilometers (90 miles) deep, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Because the earthquake struck on land, no tsunami alerts were issued. “A destructive tsunami was not generated based on earthquake and historical tsunami data,” the center said in a statement.

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