Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Indonesia, Papua New Guinea hit by new earthquakes

No tsunami threat to Hawaii after large quake rocks Papua New Guinea Indonesia's Bali hit by 6.0 earthquake
Deanna Wagner | 11 October, 2018, 03:57

The epicentre was 125 kilometres (78 miles) east of the town of Kimbe on the island of New Britain, according to the United States Geological Survey, which said it struck at a depth of around 40 km.

A strong quake has also hit Papua New Guinea and raised the possibility of a tsunami.

Hazardous tsunami waves were forecast for some coasts, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

However, it added: "Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazard such as tsunamis, landslides and liquefaction that might have contributed to loses". Australia's Tsunami Warning Centre said its coastlines were not at risk.

The initial shock was followed by two further tremors shortly afterwards, of magnitude 5 or greater.

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Geological Survey said. The quake was initially recorded as a 7.3 magnitude quake, but it was revised down.

In March, a magnitude-6.6 quake struck nearby with no casualties or damage reported. 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).

Papua New Guinea, like Indonesia, is located on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a seismically active region that encircles the Pacific Ocean.

Also on Thursday, a magnitude-6.0 natural disaster struck just off the popular island of Bali, Indonesia, where the International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organisation, the World Bank, were holding annual meetings until Sunday.