7.0 quake hits Papua New Guinea

PC USGS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

The quake hit about 200km (125 miles) southwest of the town of Rabaul at a depth of nearly 40km, just before 7 am local time (2100 GMT Wednesday).

"We felt the natural disaster a bit, but it was not too strong", Constable Roy Michael said, speaking by phone from Rabaul police station.

Three people have been killed and dozens more feared dead as a series of powerful earthquakes sent shockwaves through Bali and Papua New Guinea.

The island of Bali was also struck by a magnitude 6 quake on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said.

No damage has been reported, but PNG officials said they could not contact villages closest to the quake's epicentre.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center oceanographer David Walsh said any tsunami from the natural disaster would only affect areas immediately around the epicenter.

A tsunami threat existed in parts of the Pacific, but it was determined there was no threat to Hawaii, according to the National Weather Service office in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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The quake in Papua raised the possibility of a local tsunami, although authorities said there was no significant tsunami threat to Hawaii or the wider Pacific region.

But scientists do not have any tide gauges close to where the quake happened, so are unable to say at this point whether tsunamis have been generated.

It later revised its forecast saying: 'Based on all available data the tsunami threat from this natural disaster has now passed'.

A strong aftershock followed a major magnitude 7.0 quake that struck off the southeastern coast of Papua New Guinea.

A magnitude 6.2 aftershock was recorded over an hour after the original quake struck, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A shallow 6.0-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Java and Bali islands early on Thursday, sending locals and tourists fleeing for their lives.

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