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No tsunami threat to Hawaii after major quake strikes Papua New Guinea

13 October 2018

The remote New Britain Island located in Papua New Guinea was recently struck by a powerful natural disaster.

The magnitude 7.0 quake in Papua New Guinea struck about 118 kilometers (74 miles) east of Kimbe, West New Britain, on the Pacific island nation.

Both Indonesia and Papua New Guinea are located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. However, no tsunami warning has been issued by the authorities.

The country is is still recovering from a magnitude-7.5 natural disaster that hit around 900km to the west, which killed at least 100 people last February.

He did not comment on the tsunami threat.

It was felt in Denpasar, the capital city of Bali, a tourist island where the worldwide monetary Fund and the world Bank hold their annual meeting.

The magnitude 7.0 quake was deep enough that it likely did not generate a tsunami, said Chris McKee, the government's acting director of geohazards management.

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.

The USGS website said there was a "low likelihood of casualties and damage" from the quake.

The quake was later downgraded to magnitude 6.3.

The Hela and Southern Highlands provinces that were worst affected are remote and undeveloped, and assessments about the scale of the damage and injuries were slow to filter out. The tremor's epicentre was in the Bali Sea around 40 kilometres off the eastern end of Java island, according to the United States Geological Survey.

No tsunami threat to Hawaii after major quake strikes Papua New Guinea