Tsunami Warning as Magnitude 8 Quake Hits Near Papua New Guinea

  • Hazardous waves forecast for some coasts, center warns
  • PNG, Solomon Islands sit on Pacific Ring of Fire belt

A handout photo made available by the United States Geological Survey shows the location of a 8.0 magnitude earthquake that took place at 04:30 local time on the west coast of Bougainville Island, Papau New Guinea, on Jan. 22, 2017.

Source: USGS via EPA

A tsunami warning was issued after a magnitude 8 earthquake struck 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Panguna in Papua New Guinea on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said.

Hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned in an advisory shortly after the quake hit at 3:30 p.m. Sydney time. Earlier, the center said tsunami waves up to 1 meter above the tide level are possible for the PNG and Solomon Island coasts.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Center said there is no tsunami threat to Australia.

PNG and the Solomon Islands sit on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a belt of volcanic and seismic activity that rings the Pacific Ocean.

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