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Port Moresby, Jan 17 (AFP) A moderate, 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook the coast of Papua New Guinea today, seismologists said, but there was no immediate sign of any tsunami.
The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 0946 GMT with its epicentre 215 kilometres south of the town of Rabaul on the island of New Britain at a depth of 35 kilometres.
Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where continental plates meet. The region is frequently struck by earthquakes.
Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 09:46:44 UTC
Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 07:46:44 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
190 km (120 miles) SSW of Taron, New Ireland, PNG
215 km (135 miles) S of Rabaul, New Britain, PNG
695 km (430 miles) ENE of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
2370 km (1470 miles) N of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
horizontal +/- 6.9 km (4.3 miles); depth fixed by location program
NST=154, Nph=154, Dmin=696.9 km, Rmss=1.01 sec, Gp= 43°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Originally posted by solarstorm
Calm down everyone.... Mr Statistics aka (cough) PHAGE will quell your fears, calling all of this "normal".
Originally posted by bigyin
Can I start a Nibiru thread yet ?