Papua New Guinea earthquake: Is there a tsunami warning?

A powerful magnitude 7.5 quake struck the island of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday. The earthquake hit 33km off the eastern coast of Rabaul in the East New Britain province. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the epicentre was 10km below the surface.

Is there a tsunami warning?

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami threat for parts of the Pacific after the quake.

The tsunami alert was in place for Papua New Guinea and the nearby Solomon Islands.

They said in an alert: “An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 occurred in the New Britain region, Papua New Guinea at 12:58 UTC.

“Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1000KM of the earthquake epicentre.”

They later added: “A tsunami threat exists for parts of the Pacific located closer to the earthquake.

“It is still too early to determine whether there is a possible tsunami threat to Hawaii.”

The County of Hawaii Civil Defense later confirmed there was no threat.

They said: “This is a Civil Defense Tsunami Information message for Tuesday, May 14 at 4 in the morning.

“The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reports an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 has occurred near Papua New Guinea.

“PTWC confirms there is NO TSUNAMI THREAT to the Island and State of Hawaii.

“I say again, there is NO TSUNAMI THREAT to the Island and State of Hawaii.

“You will be informed should conditions change.”

Papua New Guinea is located on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, to the east of natural disaster-struck Indonesia.

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.

Last year, an earthquake of similar magnitude struck the nation’s central region, killing at least 125 people.

Another 35,000 people also had to flee their homes.

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