The latest in a series of earthquakes has hit New Zealand. As we reported on July 11, 2017, at 0330 hours local time, a 6.6 earthquake shook New Zealand. June 13, the United States Geological Survey reports an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 struck off the town of Rabaul in the south Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea.
The Australia-Pacific plate boundary is over 4000 km long on the northern margin, from the Sunda (Java) trench in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east. The eastern section is over 2300 km long, extending west from northeast of the Australian continent and the Coral Sea until it intersects the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The boundary is dominated by the general northward subduction of the Australia plate.
Kokopo, Papua New Guinea 110.5 km (68.7 mi) ESE – Population: 26,273
Arawa, Papua New Guinea 310.7 km (193.0 mi) WNW – Population: 40,266
Kimbe, Papua New Guinea 345.5 km (214.7 mi) ENE – Population: 18,847
Kavieng, Papua New Guinea 357.8 km (222.3 mi) SE – Population: 14,490
Alotau, Papua New Guinea – 680.0 km (422.5 mi) NNE – Population: 10,025
Video: Large M6.7 strikes W. Pacific