Papua New Guinea natural disaster: Possible Hawaii TSUNAMI THREAT after 7.7 quake

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2019

A 7.5-magnitude natural disaster jolted Papua New Guinea at a depth of 10 kms on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

"Based on current information, the initial assessment is that the quake is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will affect New Zealand".

The shallow quake occurred around 11 pm (1300 GMT), some 44 kilometers (27 miles) northeast of Kokopo on New Britain island, the USGS said. It was centred at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles), it said.

Kokopo town has a rapidly grown population of more than 20,000.

MCDEM initially said it was assessing the potential tsunami risk to New Zealand.

The quake had triggered a tsunami alert for the country and the nearby Solomon Islands, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later said the tsunami threat passed.

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At 3:59 a.m. HST, the PTWC issued a new statement, saying "a tsunami threat exists for parts of the pacific located closer to the quake".

However the PTWC added that based on available data there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

In a final message, the PTWC said "no tsunami waves were observed at the closest sea level gagues, however here are no sea level gauges near the epicenter".

Police Sergeant Frank Kilaur described the tremor as "very strong".

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

"We are conducting the assessment starting this morning", he told Reuters news agency by telephone. "We are OK here", he said. The reported epicentre lies within the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of regular seismic activity. That quake hit areas that are remote and undeveloped, and assessments about the scale of the damage and injuries were slow to filter out.

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