Tsunami threat as 7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea

Tsunami threat as 7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea

Tsunami threat as 7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea

But scientists don't have any tide gauges close to the where the quake happened, so are unable to say at this point whether tsunamis have been generated.

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".

But the warning has since been called off.

A spokesman for PNG's National Disaster Management Office in Port Moresby said there were no immediate reports of damage from the quake but these typically took several hours to reach the capital after a major shake.

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Earlier this year, the government estimated more than 100 people died after a series of tremors shook the country.

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

The town of Severo-Kurilsk felt up to 4.0 of the quake, but only sustained minor damages with no reported casualties.

A 7.0-magnitude quake struck Papua New Guinea at 7:00 am local time.

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At least three people were crushed to death by due to collapsing of buildings in Indonesia, following a 6.3 magnitude quake jolted East Java, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the Head of Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB). No damage has been reported by the authorities as yet.

The strong quake was felt in Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali, where panicked people fled from buildings. He had killed at least 125 people, and cut off from the world some of the mountain villages.

The quake hit about 200km (125 miles) southwest of the town of Rabaul at a depth of nearly 40km, just before 7 am local time (2100 GMT Wednesday).

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