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No tsunami threat after power quake hits PNG

No tsunami threat after power quake hits PNG

A violent 7.5 magnitude quake struck an island chain off the north coast of Papua New Guinea late Tuesday, knocking out power and sending residents fleeing for safety.

Kokopo town has a rapidly grown population of more than 20,000.

But the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management and GNS Science said the natural disaster, which happened at 12.58am on Wednesday, New Zealand time, did not pose a tsunami threat to New Zealand.

MCDEM initially said it was assessing the potential tsunami risk to New Zealand.

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The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management told 1 NEWS the quake was assessed by GNS Science as having no tsunami threat to New Zealand. "However... based on all available data... there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii".

Scientists do not have sea level gauges in this remote corner on the Bismark Archipelago, but they later said they believed the threat had passed.

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Police Sergeant Frank Kilaur told Reuters the quake was "very strong and shook the whole place up".

The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 7.5, down from an initial estimate of 7.7 from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

There have been no immediate reports of casualties.

It comes about a year after an natural disaster of the same magnitude left at least 125 people dead in the country's central region.

New Zealand is not at risk of any tsunami following a power quake which hit Papua New Guinea earlier this morning.

It sits on the Pacific's "Ring of Fire", the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where much of the world's earthquakes and volcanic activity occurs.