5.9 magnitude earthquake jolts Papua New Guinea
Published: 04:11 PM, 9 January 2022
An earthquake of 5.9 magnitude had jolted the eastern part of Papua New Guinea on Sunday. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale.
The US Geological Survey said the quake had a depth of 19 kilometers (12 miles). The quake struck 200 kilometers south of the New Britain Islands. However, no casualties were reported from the quake. No tsunami alert was issued after the quake. Due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Papua New Guinea is prone to frequent earthquakes.
Earlier, in July 2020, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 shook the capital Port Moresby. However, no major casualties were reported from the quake.
A magnitude 7.5 earthquake shook the country in February 2018. The quake killed at least 125 people when their homes collapsed.