Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Strong quake strikes Papua New Guinea; tsunami possible

Strong quake strikes Papua New Guinea; tsunami possible

Papua New Guinea is still recovering from an natural disaster of magnitude 7.5 in the interior of the land at the end of February.

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.

Hazardous tsunami waves were forecast for some coasts, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Strong earthquakes struck parts Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Russian Federation mere hours apart this morning.

The quake occurred in the Bali Sea located between the islands of Bali and Java.

At the onset of the quake, it was reported to have a magnitude of 7.3 but was later downgraded after comprehensive data were gathered.

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Tremors were felt in the neighbouring regions, while an aftershock measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale was felt at the islands at 11:14 am (local time), according to the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk seismological station.

The two countries lie on the Pacific ring of fire, a zone of strong seismic activity at the convergence of three large tectonic plates (the indo-pacific, australian and eurasian).

The country is still recovering after a 7.5-magnitude quake hit its mountainous interior in February, killing at least 125 people, cutting off access to villages and knocking out power. The quake killed at least 100 people.

In March, a magnitude-6.6 quake struck nearby with no casualties or damage reported.

The quake near Bali caused brief panic among residents, although there was no tsunami alert issued. The quake's epicenter was located around 200 kilometers southwest of Rabaul at a depth of 40 kilometers.

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