No tsunami threat to Hawaii after quake hits Papua New Guinea
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No tsunami threat to Hawaii after quake hits Papua New Guinea

  • COURTESY U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

    A major earthquake struck the coast of Papua New Guinea this morning.

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UPDATE: 11:40 a.m.

A Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin.

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A major earthquake struck the coast of Papua New Guinea this morning.

The preliminary magnitude 7.0 quake struck at 10:48 a.m. today at a depth of 24.5 miles and was centered 118 miles northeast of Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A tsunami threat exists for parts of the Pacific located closer to the earthquake,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin. “But it is still too early to determine whether there is a possible tsunami threat to Hawaii.”

Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 186 miles of the earthquake epicenter,” the PTWC said.

Any possible tsunami threat to Hawaii would begin at 7:16 p.m. Hawaii time at the earliest, the agency said.

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