Powerful quake hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami alert issued

A powerful earthquake stuck Papua New Guinea on Tuesday evening

The 7.7 quake struck the island of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea.

The shallow quake occurred around 11 pm (1300 GMT), some 44 kilometers (27 miles) northeast of Kokopo on New Britain island, the USGS said.

A strong natural disaster in Papua New Guinea triggers a tsunami warning there and for the Solomon Islands. "However... based on all available data... there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii".

"It was massive, absolutely massive".

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"Government agencies responsible for threatened coastal areas should take action to inform and instruct any coastal populations at risk in accordance with their own evaluation procedures and the level of threat".

A 7.5-magnitude quake hit the rugged highlands region in February 2018 that triggered landslides, burying homes and killing at least 125 people.

The manager of a local hotel told AFP the natural disaster was "massive, absolutely massive".

"There does not appear to be any damage, but we are out checking".

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At 3:59 a.m. HST, the PTWC issued a new statement, saying "a tsunami threat exists for parts of the pacific located closer to the natural disaster".

Located in the hot spot of seismic and volcanic activity that is the Pacific Ocean's Ring of Fire, Papua New Guinea experiences regular earthquakes due to the friction of tectonic plates located deep beneath. By comparing the tree rings of dead trees with those still living they could tell when the last of these great earthquakes struck the region.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre had forecast a surge of up to one metre in height, that could eventually reach as far away as Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia.

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