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Powerful 7.3-magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea: US Geological Survey

Published on Apr 11, 2014 3:56 PM

SYDNEY, April 11 (Reuters) – A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 was recorded off Papua New Guinea’s remote Bougainville Island, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said a destructive widespread tsunami was not expected but said waves could be generated along coasts in the area from an earthquake of that magnitude.

“This is a highly active area seismically,” said Mr Chris McKee, the assistant director at the Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory in the Papua New Guinea capital. “The population is strung out along the coast in a number of centres, but it’s not densely populated.”

The quake was initially measured at 7.4, but was later revised down to 7.3. It was centred in the sea about 75 km south-west of the town of Arawa on Bougainville, at a depth of about 50 km, the USGS said.

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