Papua New Guinea Rattled By Earthquake

Papua New Guinea Rattled By Earthquake

Papua New Guinea Rattled By Earthquake

A major 7.0-magnitude natural disaster struck Papua New Guinea's New Britain island on Thursday, triggering a tsunami warning.

McKee said attempts were being made to contact local agencies in New Britain to check whether the quake caused any damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially issued a tsunami warning for the region but the threat subsequently passed.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) said hazardous tsunami waves could hit coasts within 300km of the earthquake's epicentre.

Indonesia, Russia and Papua New Guinea woke up to strong earthquakes on Thursday morning, which measured 6.3, 6.7 and 7.0 on the Richter scale, respectively.

Chris McKee, assistant director at PNG's Geophysical Observatory in Port Moresby, said the quake was probably less intense than initial reports suggested.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is no stranger to earthquakes. The quake killed at least 100 people.

Magnitudes between 7.6 and 7.8Earthquakes of this size may produce destructive tsunamis especially near the epicenter; at greater distances small sea level changes may be observed.

Two smaller tremors struck the region immediately before and after the main natural disaster.

In March, a magnitude-6.6 quake struck nearby with no casualties or damage reported.

At least three people were crushed to death by due to collapsing of buildings in Indonesia, following a 6.3 magnitude quake jolted East Java, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the Head of Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB).

The citizens of the Indonesian city of Surabaya also reported some after effects.

The epicenter was located at the depth of 39.5 kilometers.

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