Tsunami warning after strong quake off Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea earthquake

Papua New Guinea earthquake

Earthquake-Report.com says that although massive earthquakes are very common in PNG, there are fears for tsunami waves potentially up to 30 metres high.

The magnitude-7.9 quake struck 46 kilometres east of Taron in Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

New Zealand issued an official tsunami warning on Saturday following an quake off Papua New Guinea initially measured with a magnitude of 8.0 by the United States Geological Survey.

The PTWC said hazardous tsunami waves could hit coastal areas of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Nauru, and the Solomon Islands, while New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defence issued a warning for all of the country's coast.

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There is no immediate word on damage or injuries, but such a quake can be be risky, even though it struck relatively deep below the surface of the Earth.

The USGS initially said the quake's magnitude was 8.0, but later downgraded its strength. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. It said tsunami waves reaching 3ft-9ft (1m-3m) high were possible along the coasts of Papua New Guinea, while waves in other areas, including the Solomon Islands, were likely to be less than 1ft (30cm) high.

Papua New Guinea is a hot spot for seismic activity with several fault lines around the island it has been dubbed the Ring of Fire. That tsunami left at least 10 people dead, destroyed hundreds of homes and left thousands of people homeless.

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