15 May '11, 7pm

Tsunami warning after 6.5-magnitude quake off Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY: A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck beneath the sea off Papua New Guinea on Monday, US seismologists said, prompting a local tsunami alert. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake, which hit at 4:37 am (1837 GMT Sunday) at a depth of 43 kilometres, some 120 kilometres west of the island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, according to the United States Geological Survey. "Earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within 100 kilometres of the earthquake epicentre," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, based in Hawaii, said in a statement. There was no risk of a destructive widespread tsunami from the quake, which was also 248 kilometres from Chirovanga in the Solomon Islands, the centre said. Papua New Guinea, which is mired in poverty despite rich mineral deposits, sit...

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