- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon islands after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck late Saturday off the eastern coast of the island.

The quake occurred at 11:27 p.m. (9:27 a.m. ET) at a depth of 19 miles and was centered 47 miles southwest of Panguna, Papua New Guinea, The U.S. Geological Survey said.

Tsunami warnings were issued for the Solomon Islands as well after the quake, CNN reported.

The earthquake in Papua New Guinea is the latest in a series of earthquakes this week, beginning with a magnitude 7.1 in the northeast and magnitude 6.5 earthquake in the southeast on April 11.

Since then, 45 earthquakes of magnitude-4.5 or higher have occurred in the island region, CNN said.

A magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck Friday in southern Mexico between the major resort destinations of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo, but caused little damage. No tsunami warnings have been issued after the quake in Mexico.

The USGS classifies any quake magnitude 7.0 to 7.9 as “major,” and any at 8.0 or more as “great.”

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide