Earthquake Shakes Papua New Guinea, Small Tsunami Occurs

Earthquake Shakes Papua New Guinea, Small Tsunami Occurs
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A massive earthquake measuring 7.5 in the Richter scale shook the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, generating a local tsunami measuring below 1 meter (3 feet) in the harbor of Rabaul. The depth of the quake was 10 kilometers (6 miles).


The earthquake brought down power lines in the area. There were also reports of structural damages in the Kokopo area, but no major damage was reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake struck about 90 miles south of Kokopo located in northeastern Papua New Guinea.

“The earthquake is offshore and the nearby land areas are fairly sparsely populated,” said Chris McKee, the assistant director of the Geophysical Observatory in Port Moresby.

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No reports of damages were received by the National Disaster Center.

“We’re just sending a message now to the area for villages along the coast to take extra precautions in case a tsunami is generated,” said acting director Martin Mose.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted the tsunami warning after an hour. Aside from Rabaul, no other places experienced wave movements or any other natural threats.

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