Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tsunami alert after 7.9-magnitude Papua New Guinea quake (local time: 20:51 Depth 100 km)

Tsunami warnings were issued for several nations on Saturday after a major 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre and the US Geological Survey said.

The PTWC said hazardous tsunami waves could hit coastal areas of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Nauru, and the Solomon Islands, while New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defence issued a warning for all of the country's coast.

The earthquake struck 60 km to the east of Taron, New Ireland, at 8.51 pm local time (1051 GMT) at a depth of some 75 km, the USGS said.

The quake was originally recorded at 8.0 before being revised down to 7.9.

  • Magnitude Mw 8.0

Date time 2016-12-17 10:51:11.7 UTC
Location 4.52 S ; 153.46 E

  • Depth 100 km

882 km NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 284,000 / local time: 20:51:11.7 2016-12-17
134 km E of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea / pop: 26,300 / local time: 20:51:11.7 2016-12-17

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