Panic as mag 7.6 earthquake strikes PNG

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the East Papua New Guinea region of New Guinea, damaging property and causing panic among residents.

The earthquake struck Sunday at 6:46 am. No casualties were reported and no official confirmation of property damage was reported.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 80 kilometers, said the European Mediterranean Seismological Center.

The US Tsunami Warning System issued a tsunami warning after the earthquake, but later said the threat was over.

There was no immediate tsunami threat to Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Residents took to social media to share images and videos of cracked streets, damaged buildings and cars, and items falling off supermarket shelves.

Earthquakes are common in PNG, which is located on the Pacific Ocean’s ring of fire, a hot spot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook the remote mountain plateaus of PNG in 2018, killing more than 100 people and damaging thousands of homes.

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