Strong 7.0 quake hits Papua New Guinea

Tsunami warning triggered

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A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea at 7:00 am local time. It was strong enough to issue a tsunami warning.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves less than 30 centimeters high could be expected on coastlines in Papua New Guinea and the neighboring Solomon Islands.

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The quake hit on a remote New Britain island, and no reports of damage have been issued. The quake’s epicenter was located around 200 kilometers southwest of Rabaul at a depth of 40 kilometers.

There have been at least 2 aftershocks with a magnitude greater than 5 since then.