Major Earthquake, Tsunami Warning For Papua New Guinea

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.

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.

Tsunami waves were predicted to be above 0.3 metres at Woodlark Island and Kavieng.

The waves were forecast to be less than 30 centimetres above the tide level for the coast of Australia.

In the latest update, the PTWC said the threat of a tsunami had largely passed for Papua New Guinea.

PNG National Disaster Centre acting director Martin Mosa told the ABC, that there had been no reports of damage recorded from the central and northern parts of New Ireland province.

“We have already been in touch with our provincial disaster authorities there … they are having difficulty getting through to some districts because communication is down,” he told the ABC.

“At this point in time, I can maintain with confidence that we hope that nothing of greater magnitude or destruction has been recorded.

He added that the centre would be trying to contact their Rabaul operations observatory to check if they can confirm if there was any tsunami being experience around the area.

More information about the earthquake from the the U.S. Geological Survey.

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