WEATHER BLOG: 7.5 earthquake rattled Papua New Guinea

Posted at 5:41 AM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 06:41:28-05

Early Monday morning a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake rattled Papua New Guinea. The quake hit about 55 miles  southwest of Porgera in the Pacific Island nation.

There were no immediate injuries, but forest villages and a gold mine were struck during this quake.

It was reported as a resistively shallow quake. It was only 22 miles deep, which means it was more strongly felt due to how shallow it was. 

More details on damage are expected to come out later today. Papua New Guinea is home to roughly 7 million people.  

Back in Oklahoma over the weekend, two small earthquakes were felt. a 3.1 magnitude quake was felt near Renfrow, and a 2.8 magnitude quake was felt near Wakita. Both occurred Saturday morning.