A powerful undersea earthquake of magnitude 6.6 on the Richter scale occurred on Thursday at 07.24 local time (00.24 Moscow time) in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Its epicenter was recorded in the Pacific Ocean, 27 kilometers east of the port Kandrian (New Britain province, 469 kilometers northeast of the capital, Port Moresby). The earthquake lies at a depth of 43.2 km under the seabed. Reports of any significant impact of this tectonic cataclysm has been 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, New Guinea, the Philippines, Hawaii (USA), the east coast of North America and Japan.
The most tragic consequences for the inhabitants of the APG has earthquake July 17, 1998, when a magnitude 7.2 jolt in the sea rose three 10-meter-wave tectonic tsunami that killed more than 2 thousand Papuans.
The second largest island after Greenland, New Guinea in 1975, was divided into two parts — the western part was annexed by Indonesia, and on the east, which was at the time under the control of Australia, was declared an independent state of Papua New Guinea with a population of 5.4 million people became part of the British Commonwealth, the ITAR-TASS news agency.