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Papua New Guinea hit by 7.2-magnitude earthquake

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The Guardian

Tsunami warning issued but later lifted in South Pacific after what is the fourth strong quake in the area in a week

A powerful earthquake has struck the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea, the fourth strong quake to hit the South Pacific island nation in a week. A local tsunami warning was issued but it was lifted shortly afterward with no reports of damage.

The 7.2-magnitude quake struck about 150 kilometres south-west of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island at a depth of 22 kilometres, the US Geological Survey reported.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of up to 1 metre were possible within 300 kilometres of the epicenter on the coast of Papua New Guinea. The agency lifted the warning about an hour later.

There were no reports of damage, said Chris McKee, assistant director of the Geophysical Observatory in the capital, Port Moresby. Because the epicenter was so far offshore, the chance of serious damage on land was less likely, he said.

“The earthquake appears to have not been as big as first estimated,” McKee said. “I think the threat from that event is basically passed now. So we’ll just wait for the next one.”

Thursday’s quake was located in a different area of Papua New Guinea than the previous three tremors that rattled the region over the past week, and was therefore an unrelated event, McKee said. Still, the area has been unusually active.


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