Tsunami Alert After 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea

U.S. Geological Survey

Papua New Guinea has been rocked by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The powerful quake took place in the eastern New Ireland region, which is several hundred miles away from the main island, The Independent reports.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) has now issued a warning saying ‘widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible’ in the next three hours.

These could threaten the coasts of Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Nauru, Kosrae and Vanuatu.


Authorities have also warned residents to expect serious aftershocks, which could potentially cause building damage.

Tsunami warnings were even issued as far afield as Hawaii and New Zealand, but later cancelled.

This only comes a month after New Zealand was struck by a tsunami, after a powerful 7.4 earthquake rocked the country’s South Island.

Back in 1998 over 2,000 people were killed in Papua New Guinea when a 7.0 earthquake caused 50ft waves to hit the coast of the island.

Our thoughts go out to anyone affected.