The following is a release by the United States
Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A great earthquake
occurred IN THE NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA about 20 miles (30
km) north northeast of Rabaul, New Britain at 9:54 PM MST today, Nov 15,
2000 (Nov 16 at 2:54 PM local time in Papua New Guinea). A PRELIMINARY
MAGNITUDE OF 8.0 WAS COMPUTED FOR THIS EARTHQUAKE. The magnitude and location
may change slightly as additional data are received from other seismograph
stations. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this
time; however, this earthquake may have caused substantial damage and casualties
due to its location and size.
00/11/17 21:01:56 UTC 5.49S 151.66E Depth:
33.0 km 7.3Mw NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.