A powerful natural disaster has stuck Papua New Guinea, triggering a tsunami alert for coastal areas up to 1,000km away. It said the quake struck 10 kilometers (6 miles) below the seabed, which is very shallow. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said: "Based on the preliminary natural disaster parameters. hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000 kms (620 miles) of the quake epicentre".
Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage on the Earth's surface, but the USGS estimated that damage and injuries would be low because of the sparse population.
Scientists do not have sea level gauges in this remote corner on the Bismark Archipelago, but they later said they believed the threat had passed.
Earthquakes in the mountainous nation, which is on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", do rarely cause damage or casualties because many structures in the region are light and flexible.
Last Tuesday, a deep but powerful 7.2-magnitude quake struck near Lae on the mainland of Papua New Guinea. That quake hit areas that are remote and undeveloped, and assessments about the scale of the damage and injuries were slow to filter out.A powerful natural disaster struck Papua New Guinea early Wednesday morning, triggering a tsunami alert for coastal areas up to 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) away.
A Tsunami alert was issued by the U.S. Tsunami Warning system, saying "based on all available data.hazardous Tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts".
The epicenter of the quake was about 28 miles northeast of Kokopo, in New Britain province.
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