Earthquake : M 6.9 – 144km East of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake has hit off the coast of Papua New Guinea, triggering a tsunami threat message from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Magnitudeuncertainty 6.9 mww± 0.1
Locationuncertainty 5.475°S 151.442°E± 7.4 km
Depthuncertainty 35.0 km± 1.9
Origin Time
Number of Stations
Number of Phases 149
Minimum Distance 590.7 km (5.31°)
Travel Time Residual 1.23 s
Azimuthal Gap 25°
Review Status REVIEWED
Catalog US (us1000db40)
Location Source US3
Magnitude Source US3
Contributor US3


Magnitude 6.9 quake off Papua New Guinea triggers tsunami threat message

Papua New Guinea is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the most geologically active area in the world.

More than 90 per cent of earthquakes occur here, as well as 22 or the 25 biggest volcanic eruptions in history.

The volatility on the Pacific Ring of Fire over the past month or so has increased fears for the Big One: a major earthquake in a highly-populated area on the US west coast or in Japan.

And countries across the blog stretching from Chile in South America to New Zealand are preparing for more chaos and possible aftershocks and tremors after weeks of eruptions and quakes.

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