5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred on Friday at 23:43 Moscow time in the east of Papua New Guinea. This was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The epicenter was located 54 kilometers south-west of Lae — Morobe provincial capital and second largest city of the country. Hearth lies at a depth of about one kilometer. Information on casualties or damage were reported.
Because of the many volcanoes, including underwater, this seismically active part of the world ocean called Pacific Ring of Fire. Tectonic fault runs through Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Hawaii (USA), the east coast of North America and Japan.
The most tragic consequences for the people of Papua New Guinea has a magnitude 7.2 earthquake, which occurred July 17, 1998. Then, in a powerful thrust created three 10-meter tsunami that killed more than two thousand Papuans, ITAR-TASS reported.