No tsunami threat to Hawaii after major quake strikes Papua New Guinea

11 Octobre, 2018, 03:56 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • The 6.0 magnitude struck just off the popular holiday destination of Bali. Image USGSMore

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency BNPB, wrote on Twitter that several houses were also damaged in the quake that shook Bali and East Java.

The quake occurred a few hours before a magnitude 7.0 natural disaster struck Papua New Guinea.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves about 0.3m high could be expected on coastlines in Papua New Guinea and neighbouring Solomon Islands.

The preliminary magnitude 7.0 quake struck at 10:48 a.m. today at a depth of 24.5 miles and was centered 118 miles northeast of Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Hazardous tsunami waves from the natural disaster were possible within 300 km of the epicentre along Papua New Guinea coastlines, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

In Bali, residents describing strong tremors.

Some guests at the hotel in Nusa Dua, south of Bali's main global airport fled outside after the strong tremor shook the building.

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'Wow, that was really strong and it lasted a long time, ' said a woman named Davy who took refuge in the parking lot of a Bali hotel.

"The quake was very big. All my neighbours were also running". "People were sleeping but got woken up by it".

The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank are being held this week in Bali, which is attended by more than 19,000 delegates and other guests, including ministers and some leaders.

The country was still reeling from an natural disaster and tsunami last month that killed more than 2000 people.

Three people have been killed and dozens more feared dead as a series of powerful earthquakes sent shockwaves through Bali and Papua New Guinea.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

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