Saturday, December 17, 2016

7.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Papua New Guinea

A 7.9-magnitude earthquake with a depth of 73 kilometers struck the New Ireland region of Papua New Guinea Saturday.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami threat for parts of the Pacific located close to the earthquake.

The center said, however, there is no threat to Hawaii or other areas farther away.

There is no immediate word on damage or injuries, but such a quake can be be dangerous, even though it struck relatively deep below the surface of the Earth.

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