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Earthquake of 8 magnitude strikes Papua New Guinea

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A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.9 has rocked the northern region of the Solomon Islands. A tsunami warning has been issued in both the region, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
The earthquake struck at 3:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, It was centered about 42 kilometers (26 miles) northwest of Panguna, a town on Bougainville Island that is located northeast of mainland Papua New Guinea and is geographically part of the Solomon Islands archipelago.

Both the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) given the magnitude of the earthquake at 7.9, down from initial estimates of 8.4 and 8.0. It informed that the quake struck at a depth of about 136 kilometres (84 miles), making it a relatively deep earthquake.

A tsunami alert that was initially issued for Nauru, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Vanuatu, Chuuk and Indonesia has been cancelled. Those areas, as well as other countries across the Pacific basin, could experience non-damaging tsunami waves of up to 30 centimetres (1 feet).

“Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist,” the USGS said in its assessment. “Some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localised.”

The Solomon Islands are on the so-called ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent and large earthquakes. The Solomon Islands arc experiences a very high level of earthquake activity, and many tremors of magnitude 7 and larger have been recorded since the early decades of the twentieth century.

Earlier on April 2, 2007, a major 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck near the New Georgia Islands of the Solomon Islands. It unleashed a regional tsunami, killing 52 people and destroying more than 300 homes, schools and a hospital at Sasamunga. Two people were killed as a result of landslides, which were triggered by the earthquake.

 

 Wefornews Bureau

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Quake of 4.7 magnitude hits Meghalaya

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Shillong, Dec 11 : A moderate intensity quake measuring 4.7 on the Richter Scale today shook Meghalaya but there was no report of any casualty.

Officials at the Regional Seismological Centre here said the epicentre was at a depth of 60 km in remote East Garo Hills district.

The quake, that lasted for a few seconds, occurred at around 9.05 am.

Meghalaya and the seven other north eastern states fall in Zone 5 of the country’s earthquake zoning map.

According to the zoning map, Zone 5 is associated with the highest level of seismicity.

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Earthquake hits Uttarakhand, tremors felt in Delhi-NCR

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NEW DELHI: A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted people in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday night.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the moderate intensity quake originated in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district at a depth of 30 kilometres.

Earlier, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the epicenter of the quake was located 121 km east of Dehradun in Uttarakhand.

Tremors were also felt in different parts of the country.

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Quake jolts area near North Korea n-test site

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Pyongyang, Dec 2 : An earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale on Saturday rocked North Korea’s Kilju county, close to the site where Pyongyang recently conducted a nuclear test.

The tremor occurred at 7.45 a.m., with an epicentre 2.7 km away from the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site located in North Hamgyong province, reports Efe news.

The Seoul-based Korea Meteorological Administration said the quake was natural in origin, however, since the latest North Korean nuclear test on September 3, several tremors measuring up to 3.0 on the Richter scale have shaken the area.

Since 2006, North Korea has carried out six nuclear tests at the site, with the last three taking place in 2016 and 2017.

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