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Powerful Earthquake Shakes Papua New Guinea; Strong Tremor Hits Java

MELBOURNE, Australia – A magnitude-7.0 earthquake shook the island of New Britain, eastern Papua New Guinea, on Thursday morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 40.3 km at 6:48 am local time (2048 GMT Wednesday) and the epicenter was located some 117 km east of Kimbe, the capital of the province of Western New Britain, with a population of 27,000.

There were no immediate reports of damage. The Pacific Tsunami Center had initially warned of waves up to about 30 centimeters in the area, but the alert was later cancelled.

The Australian Tsunami Warning Center also reports no risk for Australian coastlines.

The earthquake was followed by three aftershocks of a magnitude between 5.7 and 6.2.

Earlier on Thursday, a magnitude-6.0 quake struck off the coast of the islands of Java and Bali, Indonesia.

Indonesia and Papua New Guinea are located on the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” a geologically active region which frequently experiences tremors.

 

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