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01 August 2011

6.8 M earthquake occurred close to the coast of Papua New Guinea


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A very strong shallow magnitude 6.8 earthquake occurred close to the coast of Papua New Guinea on Monday August 1 at 9:38 local time. Soon after the earthquake, the Pacific tsunami and Warning Center issued a statement that NO widespread tsunami is expected from this earthquake.

IMPORTANT OVERVIEW UPDATE : Although there have been 7 damaging CATDAT earthquakes within 160km of the epicentre in the last 50 years, 1 of which killing 18 people, however they have all been closer to shore.
The main worry is of course the Biem Islands, the southernmost of the Shouten Islands. Bam is one of the most active volcanoes in Papua New Guinea. The island is located 55km NNE of the mouth of the Sepik River. Bam is oval shaped, 2.4 km x 1.6 km, and covers 6 sq km in area. There are two peaks. The NW peak is the volcano summit, and the
SE peak is slightly lower, according to John Seach.
3,100 people live on Bam (Biem) according to a missionary website.

- Earthquake Report