Tsunami Warning as Magnitude 8 Quake Hits Near Papua New Guinea

The quake struck 25 miles (41 km) west-northwest of Panguna, Papua New Guinea and was fairly deep at 85 miles (136 km km) below the earth's surface, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The quake happened at 6:30 p.m. HST.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a warning that hazardous tsunami waves were possible in the next three hours along the coastlines of both the Solomon Islands and nearby countries. The quake was reported to have originated from a depth of 153 kilometres at 3:30 PM local time.

No tsunami warning has been issued for Australia or New Zealand, and there have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Earlier, the center said tsunami waves up to 1 meter above the tide level are possible for the PNG and Solomon Island coasts.


No reports of damage or injuries have emerged so far, said the PNG Geophysical Observatory in the capital Port Moresby.

The Pacific nation sits in the "Ring of Fire", where the world's most active fault lines are located.

A Geoscience Australia seismologist Spiro Spiliopoulos told media that even though the epicentre was quite deep, it was still a large natural disaster and some damage was possible.

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