A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck remote New Britain island in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said, though there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit about 200 km (125 miles) southwest of the town of Rabaul at a depth of almost 40 km, just before 7 a.m. local time (2100 GMT Wednesday). "We felt the earthquake a bit, but it was not too strong," Constable Roy Michael told Reuters by phone from Rabaul police station. He said there was no damage in the town, but officers had not yet been able to contact villages closer to the epicenter. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves less than 0.3 meter high could be expected on coastlines in Papua New Guinea and neighboring Solomon Islands. Australia's Tsunami Warning Center said its coastlines were not at risk. The quake was initially recorded with a magnitude of 7.3 but was downgraded. At least two aftershocks with a magnitude greater than 5 shortly followed. In March, a 6.6 magnitude quake … [Read more...] about Earthquake of magnitude 7 hits Papua New Guinea: USGS
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Strong earthquakes struck Papua New Guinea and the Indonesian island of Bali on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of major damage. The quake in Papua raised the possibility of a local tsunami, although authorities said there was no significant tsunami threat to Hawaii or the wider Pacific region. The magnitude 7.0 quake in Papua New Guinea struck about 118 kilometers (73 miles) east of Kimbe, West New Britain, on the Pacific island nation. It was followed by aftershocks of magnitude 5.7 and 5.9. Just over an hour later, a magnitude 6.3 quake hit farther northeast on the island. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center oceanographer David Walsh said any tsunami from the earthquake would only affect areas immediately around the epicenter. Scientists don't have tide gauges close to the where the earthquake happened and weren't able to say whether any tsunamis were generated. Walsh said areas farther away are unlikely to be affected because the earthquake isn't … [Read more...] about Strong quakes strike Papua New Guinea, Bali
PAPUA New Guinea has been smashed by a massive magnitude 7.0 quake struck. There are fears of tsunamis after the quake hit thursday morning about 118 kilometers (74 miles) east of Kimbe, West New Britain, on the Pacific island nation. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center oceanographer David Walsh says any tsunami from the earthquake would only affect areas immediately around the epicenter. But scientists don't have any tide gauges close to the where the earthquake happened, so are unable to say at this point whether tsunamis have been generated. He says areas farther away are unlikely to be affected because many are shielded by land masses and islands. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. Thesun.co.uk is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone … [Read more...] about Papua New Guinea earthquake – Tsunami fears as Pacific island rocked by massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake
The 57-year-old British explorer Benedict Allen, who went missing while trying to reach a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea has been rescued with suspected malaria. Allen was trying to reach the Yaifo, thought to be the last tribe on Earth having no contact with the outside world.On Friday, he was rescued by a helicopter from a remote airstrip in Papua New Guinea. Benedict's friend Frank Gardener previously stated that the explorer is not out of danger but is stuck somewhere that is only reachable by air after all the road bridges were cut due to tribal fighting.However, he is now safe in Port Moresby. Simon Tonge, UK high commissioner in Papua New Guinea told the BBC that he will be flown home in the weekend.It is typical of the British explorer to go out without the GPS. However, him going missing for the last three weeks has been an issue of concern for his family members, primarily so because he was cut off from the mainland due to tribal unrest.From Allen's little ones eagerly … [Read more...] about British explorer Benedict Allen rescued from Papua New Guinea: Family hopes to reunite soon
DEEP within the jungle of Papua New Guinea there is an ancient initiation tradition that turns boys not into men, but into crocodiles. Here's what we know about the skin-cutting ritual and the Chambri people who practise the ritual. What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual? Crocodile scarification is an initiation for boys entering manhood during which their skin is cut and scarred to represent the scales of a crocodile. The Chambri tribe believes they descend from the crocodile - a spiritual and symbolic animal throughout Papua New Guinea - and this process recognises this ancestral connection. The ancient myth tells the story of how crocodiles migrated from the Sepik River onto land to eventually become humans. To become an adult, the young initiate first joins his uncle in a spirit house, where he is held down while tribal leaders make hundreds of two-centimetre long slices into the boy’s skin with a bamboo sliver. The boy is not allowed to show pain, as the … [Read more...] about What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual and who are the Chambri people?