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Magnitude-6.9 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

The quake struck at a depth of 85 kilometers near the eastern coast around 150 kilometers from the capital, Port Moresby.
17.07.2020 - 14:21

A magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit near Lae, Papua New Guinea, and a tsunami alert was issued Friday, according to Radio New Zealand.


The epicenter was located in Wau village near Lae, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tidal wave warning for Papua New Guinea shores.

The US Geological Research Center said the quake occurred 85 kilometers (52 miles) below the surface. Officials are yet to make a statement on casualties and property damage.

The quake was just hours after another one of magnitude 7.3 struck offshore 18 kms east-southeast of the town of Wau.