7.0 quake hits Papua New Guinea

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 11, 2018

The quake, which hit at 9.48am (NZT) was centred 124 kilometres east of Kimbe at a depth of 39.5km.

Tsunami waves are forecast to be about a foot above the tide level along the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

A 7.0 magnitude natural disaster slammed Papua New Guinea on October 10.

'A tsunami threat exists for parts of the Pacific located closer to the quake, ' the centre said.

"We felt the quake a bit, but it was not too strong,"Constable Roy Michael told Reuters by phone from Rabaul police station".

He added there was no damage in Rabaul, but officers were still waiting to hear from villages closer to the epicentre.

He was unable to comment on the tsunami threat.

Australia's Tsunami Warning Centre said its coastlines were not at risk.

He said areas farther away were unlikely to be affected because the natural disaster was not "terribly large" and many regions were shielded by land masses and islands.

'The natural disaster happened early Thursday when they were sleeping and the quake suddenly rocked so they didn't have time to evacuate, ' he said, adding that damage caused by the tremor was not widespread.

The quake was initially recorded with a magnitude of 7.3 but was downgraded.

In March, a magnitude-6.6 quake struck nearby but no casualties or damage was reported.

A major quake struck the coast of Papua New Guinea this morning.

Indonesian authorities said at least three people were killed and four injured in the quake.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. Officials say more than 80,000 people are living in temporary shelters or otherwise displaced.

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