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Earthquakes rattle Indonesia, Russia, Papua New Guinea

No caption 7.0 quake hits Papua New Guinea
Ellis Copeland | 13 October, 2018, 06:24

A 7.0-magnitude natural disaster struck Papua New Guinea's New Britain island on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said, triggering a tsunami warning.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre oceanographer David Walsh earlier said any tsunami from the quake would only affect areas immediately around the epicentre.

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". After the 7.0 magnitude quake, it was quickly followed by a magnitude 5.7 and magnitude 5.9 aftershocks.

Magnitudes between 7.6 and 7.8Earthquakes of this size may produce destructive tsunamis especially near the epicenter; at greater distances small sea level changes may be observed.

He did not comment on the tsunami threat.

The official 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.

Chris McKee, assistant director at PNG's Geophysical Observatory in Port Moresby, said the quake was probably less intense than initial reports suggested.

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Papua New Guinea is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is the most seismically active region in the world.

The USGS has estimated on its website that there was a "low likelihood of casualties and damage following the quake".

The strong quake was felt in Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali, where panicked people fled from buildings.

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

The quake was later downgraded to magnitude 6.3.

The epicenter was located at the depth of 39.5 kilometers.

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