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Quake Strikes Off Papua New Guinea; Tsunami Warning Lifted

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A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, triggering a tsunami warning for coastal communities across the South Pacific nation and the neighboring Solomon Islands that was later lifted.

The quake hit 55 kilometers (34 miles) southeast of Kokopo, the capital of East New Britain province that’s home to about 26,000 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which initially warned that waves as high as 3 meters were possible, said later the threat had mostly passed.