Published: Thu, October 11, 2018

Strong earthquakes strike Papua New Guinea and Bali

Strong earthquakes strike Papua New Guinea and Bali

A 7.0 magnitude quake slammed Papua New Guinea on October 10.

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

"We felt the natural disaster a bit, but it was not too strong,"Constable Roy Michael told Reuters by phone from Rabaul police station".

"But it is still too early to determine whether there is a possible tsunami threat to Hawaii".

He added there was no damage in Rabaul, but officers were still waiting to hear from villages closer to the epicentre.

The tremors comes after a 7.5-magnitude and subsequent tsunami struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi - around 1,000 km northeast of Situbondo - last month, killing more than 2,000 people.

But scientists do not have any tide gauges close to where the natural disaster happened, so are unable to say at this point whether tsunamis have been generated.

It was followed by aftershocks of magnitude 5.7 and 5.9.

He said areas farther away were unlikely to be affected because the natural disaster was not "terribly large" and many regions were shielded by land masses and islands.

No reports of damage or injuries have surfaced from the quake.

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.

Papua New Guinea is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is the most seismically active region in the world. But officials have warned that as many as 5,000 people may have died in the quake, which turned the ground in areas around the city of Palu into liquid via a process called liquefaction (as seen in the top video).

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