ExxonMobil Takes Heat For 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake In Papua New Guinea

ExxonMobil Takes Heat For 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake In Papua New Guinea:

An earthquake in Papua New Guinea rattled ExxonMobil’s gas project on the island nation to the tune of $19 billion, and a backlash against the U.S. company’s activities is becoming more difficult to contain.

A group of locals are blaming the activities of Exxon and its local partners for the 7.5-magnitude earthquake that hit the island on February 26. Aftershocks after the initial quake compounded the effects of the natural disaster.

The project, known as PNG LNG, is recognized as one of the world’s most successful liquefied natural gas projects, but the foreign presence is becoming more and more unpopular amongst locals. The country’s Vice Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Manasseh Makiba told Reuters that Exxon should open an official inquiry to identify the causes of the aftershocks to address the locals’ concerns.

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Papua New Guinea hosts APEC meeting on illicit timber trade while allowing illegal loggers to destroy its forests

Papua New Guinea hosts APEC meeting on illicit timber trade while allowing illegal loggers to destroy its forests:

The Papua New Guinean (PNG) government has disregarded a decision by its Supreme Court and allowed loggers found guilty of flouting PNG law to continue operating, new research by Global Witness reveals. The revelations come as APEC countries meet in Port Moresby this weekend, February 24-25, to discuss measures to tackle illegal logging and the trade in illegal timber.1 Global Witness is calling on the PNG government, this year’s APEC host, to show leadership on the issue by following through on past commitments to shut down illegal logging operations.

“Hosting the 2018 APEC Summit is a historic moment for PNG, but this risks being overshadowed by land grabbing and deforestation driven by the government’s failure to enforce its own laws,” said Lela Stanley of Global Witness. “The PNG government has been promising for years to crack down on illegal logging but continues to turn a blind eye while its forests are raided by foreign logging interests.”

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Papua New Guinea Volcano Sends Ash up to 65,000 Feet High

Papua New Guinea Volcano Sends Ash up to 65,000 Feet High (Ice Age Now, Aug 1, 2015):

Manam volcano erupted on Friday, sending volcanic ash as high as 65,000 feet (19,812 m) into the sky, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Following the eruption, a Code Red aviation advisory was issued in the region, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.

The last time the 1,807-meter-high volcano erupted was in 2004, according to Accuweather.com.

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Major Volcano Eruption In Papua New Guinea

Major eruption in Papua New Guinea (Ice Age Now, Aug 29, 2014):

Large explosive eruption propels ash to 60,000 feet (18,288 meters) – Aviation color code raised to red.

Mount Tavurvur erupted early on Friday, forcing evacuation of local communities.

The eruption involved “incandescent projections and ongoing loud roaring and rumbling noises,” stated a notice from the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards.

Officials said there have been no reports of deaths or injuries so far, but local residents were advised to remain indoors to avoid falling ash.

Photos from Rabaul show the ground covered in a layer of ash.

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6.8 Magnitude Earthquake In New Guinea – North of New Zealand (07/31/2011)



This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 6.8

Date-Time Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 23:38:57 UTC
Monday, August 01, 2011 at 09:38:57 AM at epicenter

Location 3.569°S, 144.844°E
Depth 16.8 km (10.4 miles)


Distances 134 km (83 miles) E of Wewak, New Guinea, PNG
211 km (131 miles) NNW of Madang, New Guinea, PNG
701 km (435 miles) NNW of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
2787 km (1731 miles) NNW of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hits Japan, 6.4 Hit Saturday And A Magnitude 6.2 Quake Hits Papua New Guinea (Video)


Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake In Japan, Near East Coast Of Honshu (07/23/2011)


6.2-magnitude quake hits Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture (Xinhua):

TOKYO, July 25 (Xinhua) — An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale jolted Japan’s northeastern Fukushima Prefecture and its vicinity on early Monday Morning, said the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The focus of the quake, which occurred at 03:51 a.m. local time was located some 40 km under the sea off Fukushima, said the agency.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to properties, and no tsunami warning was issued. Tremors were felt in Tokyo, about 240 kilometers away from the prefecture.

Strong earthquake jolts Japan (News24):

New York – The US Geological Survey is reporting that another strong earthquake has jolted northeastern Japan, the same region devastated by March’s massive quake and tsunami. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning is in effect.

The USGS says the magnitude 6.2-quake struck at 03:51 on Monday and was centred at a depth of 35.6km in the Pacific Ocean, 94km east of Fukushima prefecture. The epicentre is 282km northeast of Tokyo.

On Saturday afternoon, a magnitude-6.4 quake struck in the same area off the east coast of Honshu.