7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea: USGS

Blanche Robertson
October 11, 2018

A strong natural disaster has also hit Papua New Guinea and raised the possibility of a tsunami.

The quake hit part of New Britain, about 200 kilometres south-west of the town of Rabaul at a depth of nearly 40km, just before 7:00am local time, the United States Geological Survey reported.

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".

New Zealand's Civil Defence said there was no significant tsunami risk to the country.

David Walsh, an oceanographer at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, said any tsunami triggered by the quake would only be witnessed in areas directly around the epicentre.

"A tsunami threat exists for parts of the Pacific located closer to the quake", the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin.

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Central Sulawesi was devastated when hit by a 7.5 magnitude quake last month which killed nearly 2000 people with hundreds more still missing.

The magnitude 7.0 quake struck about 118km east of Kimbe, West New Britain.

In March, a 6.6 magnitude quake struck nearby and no casualties or damage were reported.

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Some tourists and residents ducked outdoors as a precaution but then went back to sleep when there was no tsunami warning.

The country was struck by a magnitude 7.5 quake in February, which killed at least 100 people. But officials have warned that as many as 5,000 people may have died in the quake, which turned the ground in areas around the city of Palu into liquid via a process called liquefaction (as seen in the top video).

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