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Strong earthquake hits Papua New Guinea, initially yields concern for tsunami

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
March 30, 2018, 8:29:19 AM EDT

The tsunami threat from the earthquake has now passed, according to a 6:45 p.m. EDT statement from the PTWC. Minor sea level fluctuations may still occur, but the tsunami threat is over.

A powerful earthquake jolted Papua New Guinea early Friday morning, local time, resulting in a threat for a local tsunami.

The 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit 144 km east of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, according to the USGS, with a depth of 35 km.

The shallow nature of the earthquake and its proximity to water contributed to the threat of a tsunami within 300 km of the earthquake’s epicenter.

"Tsunami waves reaching 0.3 of a meter to 1 meter above the tide level are possible for some coasts of Papua New Guinea," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said in a statement shortly after the earthquake hit.

However, a follow-up statement from the PTWC said that the tsunami threat had passed.



The major earthquake was followed up by several strong aftershocks, ranging from 5.0 to 5.5 on the Richter scale.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported following the earthquake and its aftershocks.

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