No tsunami threat to Hawaii after major quake strikes Papua New Guinea

Elias Hubbard
October 11, 2018

But it warned that "recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as tsunamis, landslides and liquefaction that might have contributed to losses".

The magnitude 7.0 quake struck about 118km east of Kimbe, West New Britain.

No reports of damage or injuries have emerged.

A 7.0-magnitude natural disaster struck Papua New Guinea's New Britain island Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said, triggering a tsunami warning.

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

"A tsunami threat exists for parts of the Pacific located closer to the quake", the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin.

A magnitude 6.4 quake struck the northeastern coast of East Java shortly before 3am, with local news reports stating three people have been killed by collapsing buildings.

Tsunami waves were forecast to be less than 0.3 meters (one foot) high for the coasts of PNG and Solomon Islands, it said, adding that wave amplitudes could vary between regions.

A magnitude 6.2 aftershock was recorded over an hour after the original quake struck, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

The earthquake's tremors were felt as far as the holiday island of Bali, where locals and tourists were woken up by the sensation.

Indonesian authorities said at least three people were killed and four injured in the quake.

A major natural disaster struck the coast of Papua New Guinea this morning. Officials say more than 80,000 people are living in temporary shelters or otherwise displaced.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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