7.2-Magnitude Earthquake Near Papua New Guinea

By , Senior Meteorologist
July 8, 2013; 12:51 PM ET
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A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Papua New Guinea early Monday morning, local time. No tsunami has been generated.

The epicenter of the earthquake occurred 68 miles east-northeast of Taron, Papua New Guinea, at 4:35 a.m. Monday local time (2:35 p.m. Sunday EDT), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The location of the epicenter is under water, but no tsunami was generated. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 235 miles below the earth's surface, which the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center states is too deep to trigger a tsunami.

That depth has also prevented the resultant shaking from causing damage on the surrounding islands.

AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews explains, "By the time the energy from an earthquake that deep reaches the Earth's surface, the energy is diffused over a wide area."

According to the USGS ShakeMap, only light shaking on the nearby islands would have been felt.

The star indicates the epicenter of the earthquake. Image courtesy of the USGS.

Roughly 2 hours after it struck, a second earthquake rattled part of New Guinea. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck roughly 110km ENE of Raron, Papua New Guinea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The location of this second earthquake was on one of the islands of Papua New Guinea with the epicenter roughly 38 miles below the earth's surface. Similar to the 7.2-magnitude earthquake, no tsunami was generated.

Similar to the 7.2-magnitude earthquake,

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