Tsunami waves possible after magnitude-7 earthquake strikes east of PNG

The quake which hit at 9.24am was centred 124 kilometres east of Kimbe at a depth of 39.5km

A magnitude 7.0 quake struck remote New Britain island in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said, though there were no immediate reports of damage.

The epicentre was recorded 125 kilometres east of the town of Kimbe according to the United States Geological Survey, which said it struck at a depth of around 40 kilometres.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center oceanographer David Walsh said any tsunami from the natural disaster would only affect areas immediately around the epicenter.

The warning Center for tsunamis in the Pacific has warned that a tsunami could hit the coasts of this country, and the Solomon islands.

Strong earthquakes struck parts Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Russian Federation mere hours apart this morning.

Two aftershocks measuring higher than 5.0 followed the main quake.

Magnitudes between 7.6 and 7.8Earthquakes of this size may produce destructive tsunamis especially near the epicenter; at greater distances small sea level changes may be observed.

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It earlier warned that waves up to about 30 centimetres were possible within 300 kilometres of the epicentre.

No reports of damage or injuries have emerged.

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.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region that is widely regarded as geologically active.

The quake was later downgraded to magnitude 6.3.

The quake hit about 200km (125 miles) southwest of the town of Rabaul at a depth of nearly 40km, just before 7 am local time (2100 GMT Wednesday).

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