SYDNEY – A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck on Thursday the island of New Ireland, located east of Papua New Guinea, without triggering the tsunami alert, the United States Geological Survey reported.
According to preliminary data of the agency, which measures seismic activities around the world, the quake’s hypocenter was located at a depth of 47 kilometers (29 miles) and 110 km east of Kokopo, the capital of the East New Britain province.
A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck in the Bismarck Sea in eastern Papua New Guinea in 1998, causing a large tsunami that killed more than 2,200 people and destroyed dozens of villages.
Papua New Guinea is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a zone known for its frequent seismic and volcanic activities, most of which are of moderate level.
According to the USGS, 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur along the Pacific Ring of Fire.