Published: Friday 30 March, 2018

4.7 Earthquake Rocks Samar on Good Friday, 6.9 Quake Strikes Papua New Guinea

The seismic activity in the Pacific Ring of Fire continued on Good Friday. A moderate 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck Eastern Samar on Friday morning. Hours later, a strong 6.9 earthquake rocked Papua New Guinea.

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The location of the Good Friday earthquake in Eastern Samar. (Phivolcs photo)

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the 4.7 earthquake shook areas near Borongan City in Eastern Samar at around 1:20 AM of Good Friday. The tectonic quake was detected 23 kilometers east of Borongan with a depth of 20 kilometers.

The follow intensities were recorded from the Samar earthquake:

Intensity IV – Borongan City
Intensity III – Llorente, Maydolong, Salcedo, San Julian, and Sulat, Eastern Samar

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Meanwhile, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the southern coast of Papua New Guinea’s New Britain island at 7:25 AM Friday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The tremor was initially recorded at 7.2 by both the USGS and Phivolcs but was later downgraded.

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Papua New Guinea earthquake on Good Friday. (USGS)

The quake was centered 100 miles (162 km) southwest of Rabaul and, according to the USGS, was very shallow below the seabed and close to the coast.

Despite its strength and depth, no tsunami warning has been issued.