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Papua New Guinea earthquake: Huge 6.4 tremor hits Pacific island

February 18,2019

An earthquake measured at 6.4 has struck Papua New Guinea in the southwestern Pacific.

A tsunami warning is currently in effect for the surrounding area.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 367.93km, 47km north west of the town of Namatanai at 2.35pm UTC.

On February 26 2018 an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck the collection of islands.

A total of 160 people were killed and many others were injured.

An aftershock of M6.0 killed 11 people on March 4.

No casualties have been reported from the earthquake today at this stage.

The island sits on the Pacific ring of fire - it's where most earthquakes happen as tectonic plates push against each other, causing tremors.

The "ring" stretches along a 25,000-mile (40,000-kilometer) arc from the boundary of the Pacific Plate, to smaller plates such as the Philippine Sea plate, to the Cocos and Nazca Plates that line the edge of the Pacific Ocean.


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