Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea, Tsunami Warning Ensues

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An earthquake in Papua New Guinea caused a small tsunami in some areas of the Pacific. Residents in New Zealand were advised to take necessary precautions. A tsunami warning was issued in the area on Sunday.

On Saturday, a magnitude-7.9 quake struck 46km east of Taron according to the US Geological Survey. The earthquake was at 103km. Fortunately, the earthquake was deep. Deeper quakes cause lesser damage than the shallow ones.

Tsunami Hits New Ireland

A tsunami hit the coast of the island of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea after the earthquake. This was according to Felix Taranu, a seismologist with the Geophysical Observatory. More information about the damage from the tsunami or the quake is expected to be available. Latest reports claim that the officials were still trying to get in touch with the residents of the island.

It was initially reported that the earthquake in Papua New Guinea caused a blackout in the town of Kokopo. There were no reports of widespread damage in the town.

Pacific Ring of Fire

Papua New Guinea is situated on the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean. That means it sits on the Ring of Fire, where earthquakes are quite common.

Papua New Guinea is on the 4,000-kilometre-long Pacific Australia plate. Ring of Fire is the term used to refer to major areas in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. It also refers to a hotspot for seismic activity caused by friction between tectonic plates in the area.

Tsunami Warnings

Tsunami warnings were issued for several nations immediately after the earthquake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned that hazardous tsunami waves might hit coastal areas of Papua New Guinea. Even Indonesia, Nauru, and the Solomon Islands might also be affected.

The nearby Solomon Islands were hit by a powerful tsunami after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake in 2013. The devastating tsunami has took the lives of 10 people. It left hundreds of families homeless. ?

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