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Tsunami warning issued for Pacific region after strong quake jolts Papua New Guinea

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SYDNEY: A tsunami warning has been issued for the Pacific region after a powerful earthquake rattled the south Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday.

The magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck at a depth of 65 kilometers (40 miles), about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves could hit coasts located within 1,000 kilometers of Kokopo, with waves between 1 to 3 meters possible for Papua New Guinea.

Also, Tsunami waves of less than 0.3 meters (1 foot) could hit other Pacific island nations, China, Japan, Russia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Antarctica later Monday, the tsunami warning center said.

Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea. The country lies on the “Ring of Fire” — an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.

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Boats lifted by an earthquake-triggered tsunami sit on a dock, in Coquimbo, Chile, Sept. 18, 2015. A magnitude 6.7 quake struck the city Jan. 19, 2018, but no tsunami was generated. VOA

An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara province on Sunday, but no tsunami alert was issued.

The quake struck at 4.54 a.m., with the epicentre at 148 km northeast of Alor and the depth at 573 km under the sea bed, said an official of the meteorology and geophysics agency.

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Earthquake epicenter.

“This quake did not have a potential of tsunami, so that we did not issue an alert,” the official told Xinhua news agency.

There were also no reports of damages or casualties.

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Indonesia is prone to quakes as it sits on a vulnerable impact zone called the Pacific Ring of Fire. (IANS)