Strong Aftershock Follows Major Earthquake Strike Off Papua New Guinea; Tsunami Threat Possible

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The initial magnitude 7.0 earthquake that triggered the tsunami threat along Papua New Guinea’s coasts.

(U.S. Geological Survey)

  • A strong aftershock followed a major magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck off the southeastern coast of Papua New Guinea.
  • A tsunami threat was triggered along the island’s coasts.
  • No reports of damage or injuries have emerged.


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


A magnitude 6.2 aftershock was recorded over an hour after the original quake struck, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The aftershock’s center was about 60 miles southwest of Kokopo and struck at a depth of 77 miles.


Tsunami waves are forecast to be about a foot above the tide level along the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.


A tsunami threat existed in parts of the Pacific, but it was determined there was no threat to Hawaii, according to the National Weather Service office in Honolulu, Hawaii.


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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. The tremor struck with a depth of about 24 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey.


No reports of damage or injuries have surfaced from the quake.


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2018-10-10 22:41:46

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