An earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale was recorded near Papua New Guinea. The depth of the quake is said to be 10km. The earthquake is likely to trigger a tsunami in the region. There is a danger of tsunami waves hitting the shores within an area 300 kilometres from the epicentre of the earthquake. An alert has been sent out for all seaworthy vessels venturing into the area.
The Geophysical Observatory has denied any reports of damage to property or any casualties. The earthquake has affected regions in the ocean. The land areas believed to be affected by the earthquake had very little or no population at all. This way, the damage done by the earthquake is negligible.
The National Disaster Centre has denied receiving any messages requiring their help from the nearby areas. It is notable that two earthquakes shook up Papua New Guinea only a week ago. None of them were powerful enough to generate a tsunami or cause any significant damage.
Another earthquake of 5.9 magnitude followed. It hit a depth of 65 kilometres. It was followed by five similar after-shocks. The tremors reminded the locals of the earthquake that maimed 185 people in February 2011 in the South Island city of Chritschurch. South Island has witnessed two other earthquakes in the recent past, but none of them caused any damages.
Earthquakes in Papua New Guinea are a common phenomenon. This is attributed to the fat that the nation is located on an area full of seismic faults in the Pacific Ocean.