An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 shook eastern Papua New Guinea and generated a tsunami alert, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The earthquake had its epicenter 67 km from the town of Kainantu with a depth of 61 km, indicated the USGS. He warned that there are possibilities of tsunami waves 1,000 kilometers around the epicenter.
A day earlier, on September 9, there was a magnitude 6.1 earthquake, followed by an aftershock 5.8 minutes later, which shook the aforementioned island, located north of Australia, according to the USGS.
The epicenter of this earthquake was located at a depth of 15 kilometers in the eastern part of this island divided between Indonesia (east) and Papua New Guinea (west).
For this reason, the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security (ONEMI) of Chile had indicated that, “once the modeling and analysis process is finished, the possibility of a tsunami threat to the coasts of Chile will be reported.”
Finally, ONEMI pointed out that the earthquake does not meet the necessary conditions to generate a tsunami on the coast of Chile.
Papua New Guinea it is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, which makes it prone to tremors. In neighboring Indonesia, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 people in the region, including some 170,000 in Indonesia.
With information from AFP.