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News Release

Magnitude 7.7 NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Friday, September 09, 2005 at 07:26:43 UTC

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A major earthquake occurred IN THE NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA about 40 km (25 miles) east southeast of Taron, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea or about 870 km (540 miles) northeast of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea at 1:26 AM MDT, Sep 9, 2005 (5:26 PM local time in New Ireland).

The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time; however, this earthquake may have caused damage due to its location and size. The magnitude was furnished by the NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

Felt at Rabaul and Sohano and on Lihir. Also felt at Gizo and Honiara, Solomon Islands.

 


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