Powerful quake hits off Papua New Guinea : Tsunami warning issued for the region

Powerful quake hits off Papua New Guinea : Tsunami warning issued for the region

Powerful quake hits off Papua New Guinea : Tsunami warning issued for the region

Written by Staff Writer

22 Jan, 2017 | 11:34 am

An 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck 47 kilometers (29 miles) west of Arawa on Bougainville island, Papua New Guinea, the United States Geological Survey reported on Sunday.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in an advisory that “widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible” as a result of the earthquake for the next three hours along the coasts of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Nauru, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Vanuatu, Chuuk and Indonesia.

Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre says there is no threat to Australia.

The USGS says the quake had a depth of 167km and there are no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

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