Tsunami Alert After 7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea

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The original quake's center was recorded around 77 miles east of Kimbe, a town in New Britain, Papua New Guinea, which has a population of just over 27,000.

Speaking by phone from Rabaul police station, Constable Roy Michael said he felt the natural disaster but "it was not too strong".

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

A strong aftershock rocked Papua New Guinea a shortly after the first magnitude 7.0 natural disaster hit early Thursday morning, which triggered a tsunami threat along the island's coasts.

He said there was no damage in the town, but officers had not yet been able to contact villages closer to the epicentre.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves less than 0.3m high could be expected on coastlines in Papua New Guinea and neighbouring Solomon Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no longer a threat of tsunami waves after the quake.

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The quake in Papua raised the possibility of a local tsunami, although authorities said there was no significant tsunami threat to Hawaii or the wider Pacific region.

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

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

Scientists don't have tide gauges close to the where the natural disaster happened and weren't able to say whether any tsunamis were generated.

Indonesia is still reeling from an quake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi that killed more than 2,000 people.

A shallow 6.0-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Java and Bali islands early on Thursday, sending locals and tourists fleeing for their lives.

PNG sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

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