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Very Strong But Deep Earthquake Stuck Today Near Lae, Papua New Guinea

Disaster Report: Very strong but deep earthquake recorded today near Lae, Morobe, Papua New Guinea (Kudjeru). Damage is expected.

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After collecting lot of information, we are happy to write that NO ANY DAMAGE TO LIFE AND PROPERTY by this quake in Lae, New Papua New Guinea.


Geoscience Australia's website said the quake that hit today in Lae, papua New Guinea could be felt by people 1,523 kilometres away, and that damage may have occurred within a 122-kilometre radius.


There may be issues of landslides


Its too deep really to cause any Tsunami problems


Following different News media,
people came running out of buildings, power lines swayed and parked cars rocked.


Strong earthquakes are relatively common in Papua New Guinea. But today's quake is first over magnitude 7 since 2005. The country lies on the "Ring of Fire" - an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim.


People inside the country's Parliament building in the capital of Port Moresby saw windows rattling during the quake
We don't expect to get update news instantly as the epicenter area is inaccessible
. It is remote mountainous region


Some people reported it to be felt as far as 500 km from epicenter. It lasted for 2-3 minutes!!


USGS has revised its data as
M 7.1 @ 121 km depth with epicenter 89 km (55 miles) SSW of Lae, New Guinea, PNG.
Now the revised data shows 506,000 people experienced strong shaking of MMI VI.
People of Wau, Bulolo, Lae, Kerema of Papua New Guinea will have experienced strong shaking of MMI VI.


Koranga volcano (Maar) of New Guinea lies just 14 km far from the epicenter.


PNG sites seems to be overloaded currently

The depth along with less population around epicenter (flexible houses) ensures that it cannot have shaking fatalities at least.


Earlier reports shows that it is even felt in Northern Australia


The nearest civilian airport (Sim) is at 18km from the epicenter.
Ports nearby are: Kairuku (150km), Kerama (119km), Morobe (99km), Salamaua (60km), Lae (90km), Dreger Harbor (156km), Finschhaven (161km)


The maximum slope in the area of the earthquake is 59.6% and the maximum altitude is 3572 m. Since this is a medium slope, the risk of earthquake induced landslides is medium


The earthquake happened in Papua New Guinea , Morobe Province (population: 390000). The nearest populated places are Kembakn (20km), Kudjeru (4km), Were Were (13km), Winima (12km), Kaisenik (15km), Kwembu (16km).
It is a mountainous region with a maximum altitude of 3572 m.


EMSC Felt Reports
Lae (Papua New Guinea): As soon aS the earthquake started, we also got confirmation from friends and families in Port Moresby and up in Goroka that they had also felt this earthquake. This is the 1st time I've head of one earthquake beign felt in different provinces in PNG.


MMI V in Finschhafen,  Kainantu, Popondetta, Goroka, Port Moresby and Madang region.


MMI VI which indicates strong shaking will be expeienced in Lae, Bulolo, Kerema region. Among these Lae is with population 76,000


People of Wau (Pop. 15,000), Papua New Guinea will experience strongest jolt of MMI VII. Heavy damage is expected in this region.


The great depth (@ 115 km depth) has reduced it from being extremely deadliest quake to hit papua New guinea(Kudjeru)


About 39,00 people will experience a very strong shaking of MMI VII. People of Wau, Papua New Guinea, which is less populated area, will experience strongest jolt.

Very strong but deep earthquake recorded today near Lae, Morobe, Papua New Guinea (Kudjeru)

M 7.3 massive earthquake stuck Eastern Papua New Guinea region, papua New Guinea today. Luckily, the earthquake is recorded at great depth of 115 km. Following USGS preliminary data, the epicenter of this earthquake is located
89 km (55 miles) SSW of Lae, New Guinea, PNG
123 km (76 miles) ENE of Kerema, New Guinea, PNG
221 km (137 miles) NNW of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
2308 km (1434 miles) NNW of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

Earthquake In Lae Papua New Guinea Today


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