Magnitude 6.8 quake hits near PNG

Magnitude 6.8 quake hits near PNG”

"Based on all available data thee is no tsunami threat from this quake".

A magnitude 6.8 quake has struck around 180 kilometres southwest of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea, the United States Geological Survey says.

In a brief statement, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said: "Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected".

A powerful 6.8-magnitude quake hit off the Papua New Guinea coast on Saturday, officials said, but there was no tsunami warning or immediate reports of damage.

The natural disaster struck at 11:24 am (local time), news agency ANI said. The epicentre of the natural disaster was reported to 115-km east of Kimbe. The tremors originated from a depth of 67.8-km.

The maximum impact of the quake was felt in New Britain region.

At least 55 people died in a separate quake in Papua New Guinea earlier this month, although authorities fear the toll could exceed 100. The magnitude of tremor was then reported to 7.5 magnitude on the richter scale.

The recent volatility in the region has increased fears for the Big One: a major natural disaster in a highly populated area on the United States west coast or in Japan.

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