Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Major 7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea

Major 7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea

The preliminary magnitude 7.0 quake struck at 10:48 a.m. today at a depth of 24.5 miles and was centered 118 miles northeast of Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter, with a depth of nearly 40 kilometres, is located 125 kilometres to the east of the town of Kimbe, said the USGS.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre oceanographer David Walsh earlier said any tsunami from the natural disaster would only affect areas immediately around the epicentre.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has not issued a tsunami warning.

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Also on Thursday, a magnitude-6.0 quake struck just off the popular island of Bali, Indonesia, where the International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organisation, the World Bank, were holding annual meetings until Sunday. At least two aftershocks with a magnitude greater than 5 shortly followed.

He did not comment on the tsunami threat.

Chris McKee, assistant director at PNG's Geophysical Observatory in Port Moresby, said the quake was probably less intense than initial reports suggested.

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There were no immediate reports of damage in PNG.

The USGS has estimated on its website that there was a "low likelihood of casualties and damage following the quake".

The center later reported that waves that are less than 30 centimeters in height are expected to hit the coastlines of Papua New Guinea and its neighboring region of Solomon Islands. The tremor's epicentre was in the Bali Sea around 40 kilometres off the eastern end of Java island, according to the United States Geological Survey.

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In March, a 6.6 magnitude quake struck nearby and no casualties or damage were reported.

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