Magnitude 6.9 quake hits Papua New Guinea, triggering tsunami warning

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 March, 2018, 8:15am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 March, 2018, 8:15am

A powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea and potentially generated small tsunami waves on Friday, a month after a deadly quake there killed more than 100 people.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said a Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected, but tsunami waves up to 1 metre were possible for some coasts of Papua New Guinea and less than that for the Solomon Islands.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the quake, which the US Geological Survey said was centred in a remote area of East New Britain province.

USGS reported the quake had a depth of 20 kilometres and was 160 kilometres southwest of Rabaul.

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake on February 26 killed at least 125 people, injured dozens and brought work to a halt at four oil and gas fields.

Home to 7 million people, Papua New Guinea is located to the east of Indonesia and sits on the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire.”