Papua New Guinea natural disaster: Possible Hawaii TSUNAMI THREAT after 7.7 quake

Massive earthquake rocks Papua New Guinea - Daily Star

Massive earthquake rocks Papua New Guinea - Daily Star

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre had forecast a surge of up to one metre in height, that could eventually reach as far away as Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia.

An AFP reporter in Kokopo said electricity went off in the town after the quake struck.

A tsunami alert that warned of "hazardous" waves was issued for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands after a powerful natural disaster rattled the region late Tuesday.

The US Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude 7.5 and was located 45 kilometres northeast of Kokopo. The temblor was centered at about 6 miles, a shallow depth.

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Tsunami waves between 1 to 3 feet are possible for some coasts of Papua New Guinea. The US National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has warned that "hazardous tsunami waves" are possible for coastal regions located within 1000km of the quake's epicenter, limiting any potential waves to the PNG and Solomon Islands region. Other countries could see very small tsunami waves.

It sits on the Pacific's "Ring of Fire", the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes and volcanic activity occur. This allows them to bend, rather than snap, when a major natural disaster occurs.

There have been no immediate reports of casualties.

Papua New Guinea's rugged highlands region was hit by a 7.5-magnitude quake in February past year that buried homes and triggered landslides, killing at least 125 people.

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