The threat of a tsunami hitting the coast of Papua New Guinea has largely passed, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.
A tsunami warning was issued for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands earlier today, after a major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea, according to official monitors.
The epicentre of the quake, first reported as 7.7, was near the town of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea, which is 787km north-east of the capital Port Moresby, the Geological Survey (USGS) said.
The earthquake was originally reported to have hit a depth of 65km, but this was revised to 40km.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said “hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000 kilometres of the earthquake epicentre along the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands”.
No destructive, Pacific-wide tsunami is expected, it said.
In a following update, the PTWC said waves between one and three metres were possible in Papua New Guinea.