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Earthquake Strikes Papua New Guinea

An earthquake has struck in the eastern New Guinea region of Papua New Guinea. The preliminary magnitude was 5.6, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A tsunami warning has not been issued. Details from the USGS:

Date-Time:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 14:07:51 UTC

Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 12:07:51 AM at epicenter

Location: 7.506°S, 146.929°E

Depth: 8.2 km (5.1 miles)

Distances from epicenter:

88 km (54 miles) S of Lae, New Guinea, PNG

137 km (85 miles) ENE of Kerema, New Guinea, PNG

216 km (134 miles) N of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea

2302 km (1430 miles) NNW of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

This page will be updated if the event proves significant.