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Major earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea; no tsunami threat to Hawaii

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    A Major earthquake struck near Papua New Guinea. No tsunami warnings were issued for Hawaii.

A large earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea but did not create a tsunami that would threaten the Hawaiian islands, officials said early today.

However Papua New Guinea is under a tsunami threat, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Oahu.

The magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit at 12:51 a.m. Hawaii time, and was centered about 82 miles east of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, at a depth of about 64 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

While the Hawaiian islands were not threatened by a tsunami, the warning center said tsunami waves of 1 to 3 meters were possible along the coasts of Papua New Guinea.

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