Earthquake of magnitude-7.0 ransacks Papua New Guinea, tsunami warnings issued

Papua New Guinea has been ransacked by recent earthquakes leading to issue of tsunami warnings. The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that a warning for “hazardous tsunami waves” was issued briefly for coastal regions within 300 kilometres of Wau in Papua New Guinea after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck the region.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that the earthquake struck about 12:50pm (local time) at a depth of 85km and struck offshore 18km (11 miles) east-southeast of Wau, north of the capital Port Moresby.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially issued a tsunami warning but said about an hour later the danger had passed.

Initially the magnitude was recorded at 7.3 but later got adjusted. There has been no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the tremors in the region.

Wau is an inland former gold mining town with a population of about 5,000, about 150km south-west of PNG’s second-largest city, Lae.

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