Quake causes tsunami alert

Quake causes tsunami alert

A magnitude 7.7 quake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the United States Tsunami Warning System reported Wednesday. Geological Survey (USGS). The quake hit at about 6 miles.

The U.S. Geological Survey meanwhile recorded the magnitude of the quake at 5.5, which struck off the coast of Kokopo.

A strong quake in Papua New Guinea triggers a tsunami warning there and for the Solomon Islands.

It said there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii or Guam.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said tsunami waves of up to 1 metre (3.3 feet) were possible along coastal areas up to 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) from the epicentre, including Papua New Guinea and the almost Solomon Islands.

"It was massive, absolutely massive. Very scary", Megan Martin, the managing director of the Ropopo Plantation resort in Kokopo, told the AFP news agency, describing the May 14 natural disaster.

They said in an alert: "An quake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 occurred in the New Britain region, Papua New Guinea at 12:58 UTC".

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A magnitude 7.5 natural disaster in February 2018 in the nation's central region killed at least 125 people and forced another 35,000 from their homes.

The Pacific "Ring of Fire".

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 quake. The hazard may persist for many hours or longer after the initial wave".

"It's hard to predict when it will happen again".

The report made reference to a 9.0 magnitude natural disaster that hit close to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in the year 1700.

The region is the location of most of Earth's subduction zones, where oceanic plates slide under the lighter continental plates.

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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