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Tsunami alert after 7.5-magnitude quake off Papua New Guinea - USGS

14 May 2019, 11:10 | Glen Norman

A powerful earthquake stuck Papua New Guinea on Tuesday evening

A powerful earthquake stuck Papua New Guinea on Tuesday evening

A magnitude 7.5 natural disaster has struck Papua New Guinea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It is too early to say if the U.S. is threatened, but it's possible a Tsunami could cross to the ocean and strike the state of Hawaii.

The US Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude 7.5 and was located 45km northeast of Kokopo.

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A potential tsunami threat was raised for Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage on the Earth's surface, but the USGS estimated that damage and injuries would be low because of the sparse population. There are no sea level gauges near the epicenter, so it's unknown if a local tsunami was generated. Other countries could see very small tsunami waves.

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

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

A 7.5-magnitude quake hit the rugged highlands region in February 2018 that triggered landslides, burying homes and killing at least 125 people. The reported epicentre lies within the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of regular seismic activity. That quake hit areas that are remote and undeveloped, and assessments about the scale of the damage and injuries were slow to filter out.

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