Tsunami warning after Pacific quake

Published: Monday 30th March 2015 by The News Editor

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A tsunami warning has been issued after a powerful earthquake struck near the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea.

The magnitude-7.7 quake struck at a depth of 40 miles, about 30 miles south east of the town of Kokopo in north-eastern Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said tsunami waves were possible for coasts within 620 miles of Kokopo. That includes Papua New Guinea and the nearby Solomon Islands.

The centre said tsunami waves reaching 1-3 meters (3-10ft) were possible for Papua New Guinea’s coastlines.

Tsunami waves of less than 0.3 meters (1ft) could hit other Pacific island nations, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Hawaii.

Officials in Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby were working to contact their counterparts in the outer provinces, but there had been no reports of damage or injuries within an hour of the quake rattling the country, said Martin Mose, acting director for the country’s National Disaster Centre.

“The situation seems to be under control at this stage,” he said.

Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea, which lies on the “Ring of Fire” – an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.

Published: Monday 30th March 2015 by The News Editor

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