7.2 earthquake hits off Papua New Guinea, warning of 'hazardous tsunami waves'
The quake, which struck 150km southwest of the town of Arawa, appears to be relatively shallow. There have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties, Reuters says.
A tsunami alert has been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre for islands in the region. "Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300km of the epicenter along the coasts of Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea," the agency has warned.
7.2 - BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Date: Thu, 07 May 2015 07:10:22 UTCLat/Lon: -7.2771/154.534Depth: 22.11 http://t.co/4YueY5Bd5X
— Earthquake & Tsunami (@EQTW) 7 мая 2015
It's the latest in a series of strong tremors to hit the region in recent days.
— NWS PTWC (@NWS_PTWC) 7 мая 2015
Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the point of collision of several tectonic plates. There are a number of active volcanoes and earthquakes are common.
5.0 earthquake, 142km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea. May 7 18:12 at epicenter (19m ago, depth 10km). http://t.co/ATnV7fIFcX— Earthquakes Tsunamis (@NewEarthquake) 7 мая 2015