Wednesday 19 October 2016

Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake beneath western New Britain.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake at a depth of 35 km beneath western New Britain slightly before 4.15 pm local time (slightly before 6.15 am GMT) on Monday 17 October 2016. There are no reports of any casualties associated with this event, but many people on the island are reporting minor damage, and the event was felt on mainland Papua New Guinea.

The approximate location of the 17 October 2016 New Britain Earthquake. Google.

New Britain is located on the South Bismarck Plate, north of the Solomon Sea Plate, which is being subducted beneath it. The plates do not pass over one-another smoothly, but constantly stick together then break apart as the pressure builds up, causing Earthquakes in the process.

 The subduction of the Solomon Sea Plate beneath New Britain. Oregon State University.

Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. If you felt this event then you can report it to the Athens Institute of Geodynamics Here.

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