6.3-magnitude Earthquake Rocks Papua New Guinea

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Bismarck Sea about 120 miles off Papua New Guinea’s coast Tuesday. 

A preliminary USGS assessment showed a “low likelihood of casualties and damage from the quake,” but was estimated to have a depth of about 6.21 miles without tsunami warnings. 

New Guinea is often visited by earthquakes because it sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire. 

In 2018, a 7.5-magnitude quake that hit the rugged highlands region triggered landslides, buried homes, and killed at least 125 people. 

Meanwhile, the USGS has also detected a 6.3-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Taiwan on Monday afternoon, causing buildings in the capital Taipei to sway. 

The quake has a depth of 17 miles, about 43.5 miles southwest of a Japanese island just off Taiwan. 

Earthquakes also regularly hit Taiwan and its surrounding areas as they sit near the junction of two tectonic plates. 


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