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7.0-magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea coast

7.0-magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea coast

A strong 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck the region of eastern Papua New Guinea at the depth of some 85.5 km, the US Geological Survey reported. A tsunami warning was issued in the wake of the shake, but was promptly revoked.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially put out an alert for “hazardous waves” within 300 km of epicenter of the quake, which took place around 8 pm Pacific Time.

Breaking: Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea. Authorities say hazardous tsunami waves are possible on the eastern coast of the island. pic.twitter.com/Dugvf1YO4Y

— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) July 17, 2020

The National Weather Service later reported that the whole North American coastile was not in danger.

There is NO tsunami danger for the North American coastline from this distant earthquake

Strong earthquake (7.3 magnitude) in eastern Papua New Guinea region just before 8 pm Pacific time. There is NO tsunami danger for the North American coastline from this distant earthquake. #pdxtst #wawx #orwx

— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) July 17, 2020

The USGS initially reported the quake as a 7.3-magnitude jolt, but later downgraded the magnitude to 7.0.

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