Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Papua New Guinea ROCKED by MASSIVE magnitude 7 quake

PC USGS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center PC USGS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Jeannette Daniel | 11 October, 2018, 03:58

The quake hit about 200 km (125 miles) southwest of the town of Rabaul, just before 7 a.m. local time (2100 GMT Wednesday) and was given an initial magnitude of 7.3.

A magnitude 7.0 quake struck remote New Britain island in Papua New Guinea on Thursday (Oct 11), the United States Geological Survey said, though there were no immediate reports of damage.

Hazardous tsunami waves were forecast for some coasts, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

He reported there was no damage in the town, but noted officers had not yet been able to access villages closer to the epicentre. "But it is still too early to determine whether there is a possible tsunami threat to Hawaii".

The National Weather Service's office in Honolulu tweeted that "a tsunami threat exists for parts of Pacific located closer to the natural disaster, but it is too early to determine whether there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii".

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Chris McKee from Papua New Guinea's Geohazards Management department in the capital, Port Moresby, said authorities were still trying to confirm reports of damage or if a tsunami was generated.

Two smaller tremors struck the region immediately before and after the main natural disaster.

Geological Survey said. The quake was initially recorded as a 7.3 magnitude quake, but it was revised down.

Papua New Guinea, like Indonesia, is located on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a seismically active region that encircles the Pacific Ocean. Officials say more than 80,000 people are living in temporary shelters or otherwise displaced.

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