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Tsunami threat cancelled after 7.0 quake hits Papua New Guinea

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Patty Aguilar | 13 October, 2018, 06:25

At least three people have died in earthquakes that struck Indonesia and then Papua New Guinea's neighbour in the space of two hours, with magnitudes respectively of 6 and 7.

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.

Magnitudes below 6.5Earthquakes of this magnitude are very unlikely to trigger a tsunami.

Chris McKee, assistant director at PNG's Geophysical Observatory in Port Moresby, said the quake was probably less intense than initial reports suggested.

Less than two hours earlier, Indonesia was rocked by a 6.0-magnitude natural disaster which left at least three people dead on the island of Java.

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Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is no stranger to earthquakes. He had killed at least 125 people, and cut off from the world some of the mountain villages.

It was felt in Denpasar, the capital city of Bali, a tourist island where the worldwide monetary Fund and the world Bank hold their annual meeting.

The Indonesian archipelago is in an area that experiences intense seismic and volcanic movements, which produce about 7,000 earthquakes each year, most of which are of moderate magnitude.

There were a string of smaller tremors measuring up to 6.2 immediately before and after the main quake. It caused massive panic and even prompted some residents to left the capital of Bali, Densapar. The quake's epicenter was located around 200 kilometers southwest of Rabaul at a depth of 40 kilometers.

An quake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale struck Russia's far east Kuril Islands on Thursday, according to Sputnik.

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