At around 4:00 am local time, an earthquake hit an area located 97 kilometers (60 miles) away from the coastal town of Wewak. The quake occurred at a depth of 62 kilometers.
On Monday before dawn, there was a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that occurred in the northwestern region of Papua New Guinea, as reported by the US Geological Survey. The earthquake was a powerful one and caused significant shaking in the affected area.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), an earthquake occurred around 4:00 am local time, 97 kilometers (60 miles) away from the coastal town of Wewak. The earthquake had a depth of 62 kilometers. Despite this, no tsunami warning was issued.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake zone has the potential to cause damage to the surrounding communities due to the loosening of soft ground, which is commonly known as liquefaction. Liquefaction can lead to significant subsidence and horizontal sliding of the ground, resulting in severe damage. However, as the region is sparsely populated, the risk to human life may be limited. The earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.2, hit the New Britain region, which is part of an archipelago in eastern Papua New Guinea and is located approximately 100 kilometers east of the border with Indonesia. The earthquake occurred in late February.