Indonesia, Papua New Guinea hit by new earthquakes

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The epicentre was recorded 125 kilometres east of the town of Kimbe according to the United States Geological Survey, which said it struck at a depth of around 40 kilometres.

Three people have been killed and dozens more feared dead as a series of powerful earthquakes sent shockwaves through Bali and Papua New Guinea.

A magnitude 7.0 quake has hit Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Service reports.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre oceanographer David Walsh says any tsunami from the quake would only affect areas immediately around the epicentre.

But it warned that "recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as tsunamis, landslides and liquefaction that might have contributed to losses".

The quake in Papua raised the possibility of a local tsunami, although authorities said there was no significant tsunami threat to Hawaii or the wider Pacific region.

Scientists don't have tide gauges close to the where the natural disaster happened and weren't able to say whether any tsunamis were generated.

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He said areas farther away were unlikely to be affected because the natural disaster was not "terribly large" and many regions were shielded by land masses and islands.

No reports of damage or injuries have surfaced from the quake.

Two aftershocks measuring higher than 5.0 followed the main quake.

The strong quake was felt in Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali, where panicked people fled from buildings.

PNG sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

The country is is still recovering from a magnitude-7.5 natural disaster that hit around 900km to the west, which killed at least 100 people last February. Officials say more than 80,000 people are living in temporary shelters or otherwise displaced.

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