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8.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea; Tsunami Threat Passes


Papua New Guinea

A powerful magnitude 8 earthquake hit the Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Sunday, but no tsunami was reported hours after the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert for nearby islands.

The quake struck at a depth of 167 kilometers (103 miles) under Papua New Guinea’s most eastern province of Bougainville, where the two South Pacific countries meet in a continuous archipelago, said Chris McKee, assistant director of Papua New Guinea Geophysical Observatory in Port Moresby.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The greatest tsunami threat had been to Bougainville and that threat had passed without any report of a tsunami, McKee said.

“I suspect that because of the great depth of the earthquake, there was probably no significant tsunami,” McKee said.

Solomons government official George Herming said he was not aware of any major tremors being felt in his country or any tsunami.

The countries are in the Pacific’s geologically active “Ring of Fire.”