Magnitude-7 quake strikes Papua New Guinea

Magnitude-7 quake strikes Papua New Guinea

A major 7.0-magnitude quake struck Papua New Guinea's New Britain island on Thursday, triggering a tsunami warning. "But it is still too early to determine whether there is a possible tsunami threat to Hawaii".

But it warned that "recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as tsunamis, landslides and liquefaction that might have contributed to losses". Australia's Tsunami Warning Centre said its coastlines were not at risk.

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

The country is still recovering after a 7.5-magnitude quake hit its mountainous interior in February, killing at least 125 people, cutting off access to villages and knocking out power.

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

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Papua New Guinea is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, the most seismically active region in the world, where 90 percent of the world's earthquakes occur.

The International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organisation, the World Bank, are holding annual meetings on Bali.

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

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

The quake comes more than one week after a 7.5 magnitude natural disaster slammed Sulawesi island, Indonesia, killing thousands of people. Officials say more than 80,000 people are living in temporary shelters or otherwise displaced.

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