More from the earthquake zone
SYDNEY, Australia – A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, and officials warned that a local tsunami was possible.
The 7.4-magnitude quake struck about 130 kilometres (80 miles) south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, at a depth of 63 kilometres (40 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey reported, downgrading its original estimate that the quake was magnitude 7.5 and 10 kilometres (6 miles) deep.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 300 kilometres (186 miles) of the epicenter.
There were no immediate reports of waves being seen and no reports of damage, said Chris McKee, assistant director Geophysical Observatory in the capital, Port Moresby.
“The earthquake is offshore and the nearby land areas are fairly sparsely populated,” McKee said.
The National Disaster Center also had not received any reports of damage, said acting…
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