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Powerful quake hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami alert issued

14 May 2019

A tsunami warning has been issued after a 7.7 magnitude quake struck off the Papua New Guinea coast. It was centered at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), it said.

"Based on the preliminary quake parameters... hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000 km (620 miles) of the natural disaster epicenter", the center said.

However the PTWC added that based on available data there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

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Kokopo town has a rapidly grown population of more than 20,000.

Just weeks ago a 7.2 natural disaster knocked items off shelves in Port Moresby - far from the epicentre - and was felt as far away as Australia.

MCDEM initially said it was assessing the potential tsunami risk to New Zealand.

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New Zealand is not at risk of any tsunami following a power natural disaster which hit Papua New Guinea earlier this morning.

Earthquakes in the mountainous nation, which is on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", do rarely cause damage or casualties because many structures in the region are light and flexible.

A 7.5-magnitude quake hit the rugged highlands region in February 2018 that triggered landslides, burying homes and killing at least 125 people.

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The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management told 1 NEWS the natural disaster was assessed by GNS Science as having no tsunami threat to New Zealand. That quake hit areas that are remote and undeveloped, and assessments about the scale of the damage and injuries were slow to filter out.

Powerful quake hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami alert issued