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Earthquake of 7.5 Magnitude with Tsunami Potential Shocks Papua New Guinea

Earthquake of 7.5 Magnitude with Tsunami Potential Shocks Papua New Guinea (smarttraveler)

KOKOPO, NETRALNEWS.COM -- An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale struck the coast of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday (05/14/2019). The US Geological Survey (USGS) says there is a possibility of a dangerous tsunami wave, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The shallow earthquake occurred about 44 km northeast of Kokopo in PNG, the USGS said.

"It's massive, really massive. Very scary," Megan Martin, managing director of the resort's Ropopo Plantation in Kokopo, was quoted as saying by the Straits Times. "There seems to be no damage, but we are checking."

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said: "Based on the parameters of the preliminary earthquake ... dangerous tsunami waves might occur on the coast which is 1,000 km from the epicenter."

"Government agencies responsible for threatened coastal areas must take action to inform and instruct risky coastal populations in accordance with their own evaluation procedures and threat levels."

The reported epicenter is located within the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of ​​ordinary seismic activity. In February last year, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea killed 150 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.