Published: Thu, May 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

No tsunami threat after power quake hits PNG

No tsunami threat after power quake hits PNG

The magnitude 7.5 offshore tremor struck around 50km east of the main city of Rabaul at a depth of around 10km just before 11pm on Tuesday (13:00 GMT), according to the United States Geological Survey.

A 7.5-magnitude quake jolted Papua New Guinea at a depth of 10 kms on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported. "Very scary", Megan Martin, the managing director of the Ropopo Plantation resort in Kokopo, told AFP. "At the moment we haven't had any reports of damage".

The quake was situated 6 miles deep in the country's New Britain Region.

It triggered an initial tsunami warning, though local officials said no waves were observed, nor any casualties reported yet but that they were seeking information on residents outside urban areas.

"Aftershocks are still being felt".

Earlier this year, weeks of heavy rains killed at least nine people, with many more families left homeless without access to safe drinking water.

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.

A magnitude 7.5 natural disaster in February 2018 in the nation's central region killed at least 125 people and forced another 35,000 from their homes. That quake hit areas that are remote and undeveloped, and assessments about the scale of the damage and injuries were slow to filter out.A powerful natural disaster struck Papua New Guinea early Wednesday morning, triggering a tsunami alert for coastal areas up to 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) away.

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