"An earthquake of 7.3 degrees was felt intensity in the east of the island. There is to date information on casualties or property damage, or issued a warning of tsunami."
The quake struck 89 kilometers southwest of the city of Lae, in the eastern region of New Guinea. According to the Geological Survey of the United States, his focus earthquake was located at 115 kilometers beneath the sea level.
"It was very, very big," Dolly told Kinibo, receptionist at the Lae International Hotel. He added: "It lasted two or three minutes. The whole building shook. The Christmas tree is moved, we moved all the people are very agitated. There are no reports of casualties or damage, but our administrators are reviewing. "
The island of New Guinea, whose western half belongs to Indonesia, sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a zone of high seismic and volcanic activity that is shaken a year for about 7,000 tremors , most moderate.
In July 1998, an earthquake of 7 degrees on the Sea of Bismarck caused a giant wave that destroyed dozens of villages and caused more than 2200 dead , the greatest tragedy in American history.