Strong earthquakes strike Papua New Guinea and Bali

Sergio Conner
October 11, 2018

He said areas farther away were unlikely to be affected because the natural disaster was not "terribly large" and many regions were shielded by land masses and islands.

Chris McKee from Papua New Guinea's Geohazards Management department in the capital, Port Moresby, said authorities were still trying to confirm reports of damage or if a tsunami was generated.

The original quake's center was recorded around 77 miles east of Kimbe, a town in New Britain, Papua New Guinea, which has a population of just over 27,000.

In March, a 6.6 magnitude quake struck nearby and no casualties or damage were reported.

Constable Roy Michael said by phone from Rabaul police station: 'We felt the quake a bit, but it was not too strong'.

No damage has been reported, but PNG officials said they could not contact villages closest to the quake's epicentre.

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 strong aftershock rocked Papua New Guinea a shortly after the first magnitude 7.0 quake hit early Thursday morning, which triggered a tsunami threat along the island's coasts.

The country is is still recovering from a magnitude-7.5 natural disaster that hit around 900km to the west, which killed at least 100 people last February.

Two aftershocks - a 5.7 and a 5.9 magnitude - struck after the main quake.

Papua New Guinea, one of the world's poorest countries, sits on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and is still recovering from a magnitude-7.5 quake that hit some 900km to the west in February, killing at least 100 people.

The earthquake's tremors were felt as far as the holiday island of Bali, where locals and tourists were woken up by the sensation.

Indonesia's disaster agency says the September 28 disaster that hit Sulawesi Island has killed 2045 people.

Three people have been killed and dozens more feared dead as a series of powerful earthquakes sent shockwaves through Bali and Papua New Guinea.

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