Papua New Guinea Shaken by 7.7 Offshore Earthquake in March 2015

ISS036-E-5636Located along the infamous “Ring of Fire” plates along the Pacific Rim, Papua New Guinea is no stranger to seismic activity. The South Pacific nation was shaken by an offshore earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 this past Sunday, March 29, 2015. The aftermath of the earthquake caused a small tsunami of 1.5 feet to reach Papua New Guinea.

This image was taken from space of Papua New Guinea by the crew of ISS036 in May 2013 and shows the volcanic activity so common to that area. For related imagery, take a look at our astronaut imagery database at

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