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Tsunami Alert Issued after 7.9 Earthquake Off Papua New Guinea

 
 
 
 
 
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There was a tsunami warning issued after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit east of New Guinea on Saturday.

Russia Today reported:

A powerful earthquake, initially measured at magnitude 8.0, has hit east of Papua New Guinea, according to the US Geological Survey. The tremor prompted New Zealand’s Civil Defense to issue a tsunami warning, which was soon canceled.

The quake initially struck about 157 kilometers east of the port of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday at a depth of 103 km and was measured at magnitude 8.0, according to the USGS. It was then re-scaled to magnitude 7.9.

Rabaul is a township on the island of New Britain, which has a population of some 3,885 people.

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