Tsunami warning issued after 7.0 earthquake hit Papua New Guinea - UPDATED

# 10:16
17 July 2020

A tsunami warning was issued in Papua New Guinea after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook the region on Friday, with local authorities warning hazardous waves could hit the eastern coast of the island following the tremor, APA reports citing Teletrader.

Earthquake's epicenter was 115 kilometers north-northwest from the town of Popondetta and it struck at a depth of 79.8 kilometers, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The town is home to a population of 49,244, however, it remains unknown as of yet whether there were any casualties or damages.

The National Weather Service Portland (NWSP) revealed the "distant" quake poses "no tsunami danger for the North American coastline."




An earthquake occurred around 114 kilometres north of the region of Kokoda in Papua New Guinea. No damage or casualties were immediately reported, APA reports citing Sputnik.

An earthquake of a magnitude 7.0 hit the eastern part of Papua New Guinea on Friday, according to United States Geological Survey (USGC).

Earlier, the USGC estimated the preliminary magnitude to be 6.9.

The source of the earthquake was located 114 kilometres north of Kokoda, and was 85.5 kilometres deep.

The US Tsunami Warning Centre announced that there is no tsunami threat in the region, after releasing a warning that it could occur as a result of the earthquake. 

No information on damage or casualties immediately followed.