In Papua New Guinea, at night (at 04:03 GMT) was a powerful earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale with epicenter at 117 km. from the town of Kimba. The hearth was located at a depth of 21.5 km. Japan's Meteorological Service, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center announced the threat of a local tsunami, reports Newsru.com.
State of Papua New Guinea gained independence in 1975, before this area is part of Australia. The country occupies the eastern part of the second largest island of New Guinea Land, located in the Pacific Ocean north of Australia, and several other nearby islands. The population of the state (Papuans and Melanesians) is about 6 million people, most of it — Christians.
The country is mountainous terrain (the average height of the mountains 1,000 meters above sea level, and some reach 4,500 m.) On the territory of Papua New Guinea has 18 active volcanoes, which are often the cause of earthquakes. Previous occurred May 21, 2011, while his strength was 5.9 points.