Quake of magnitude 7. hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami hazard fades

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(Reuters) – A warning for “hazardous tsunami waves” was issued briefly for coastal locations in just 300 kms (186.41 miles) of Wau in Papua New Guinea’s northeast, just after a 7. magnitude earthquake struck the location, the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Middle stated.

The quake struck about 12.50pm local time at a depth of 85 km (52 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Study (USGS), and struck offshore 18 kms (11 miles) east-southeast of Wau.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Middle to begin with issued a tsunami warning but reported about an hour later on the risk experienced handed.

There ended up no fast reports of casualties or injury from the quake, which was at first recorded at 7.3 but later on altered, and the PNG Nationwide Disaster Centre declined to remark until eventually it experienced obtained a briefing.

Wau is an inland former gold mining town with a population of about 5,000, about 150 kms (93 miles) south-west of PNG’s 2nd-largest metropolis, Lae.

A particular person who answered the cellular phone at the Lae Metropolis Hotel claimed they the had felt the quake but there was no property destruction.

“It’s ordinary, the earthquake, here. The team is ok. They just stored on likely,” the individual reported.

The lodge was totally booked but all the friends have been out at the time of the quake, the man or woman extra.

Reporting by Byron Kaye in Sydney and Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru Enhancing by Shri Navaratnam, Kim Coghill and Michael Perry