BREAKING: Strong Earthquake Strikes Papua New Guinea

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake has struck in Papua New Guinea’s New Britain island. The earthquake struck 96 miles from the town of is home to 20,000 people.

One resident of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea said, “That was a massive jolt…I could feel it must be high-intensity quake and ran out of the house. Thank God we are all safe.”

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat. An emergency bulletin said: “Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii. It is the third earthquake to have hit the region in 24 hours, each one increasing in strength.

Due to the sparsely populated nature of the area, the USGS does not anticipate much damage.

Source: Papua New Guinea earthquake: Pacific Ring of Fire on alert | World | News |

Earthquake downgraded from an initial magnitude of 7.2 to 6.9.

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