Major 6.9 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami warning issued

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 17 2020 11:34 AM

SYDNEY - A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit eastern Papua New Guinea Friday, prompting a tsunami warning for coastal areas within 300 kilometers (180 miles).

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of 85 kilometers (51 miles) at 12:50 local time (0250 GMT).

There were no immediate reports about damage or casualties in the area.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said populations in nearby coastal areas should be on alert for possible "hazardous" waves.

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