Earthquake of magnitude 5.8 occurred on Saturday at 23.43 MSK in eastern Papua New Guinea. This was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located 54 km southwest of Lae — Morobe provincial capital and second largest city of the country. Hearth lies at a depth of 1 km.
Information on casualties or damage were reported, according to ITAR-TASS.
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 2 thousand Papuans.