7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami warning issued

| Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 10:11
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Tsunami alert as quake hits Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY: A massive earthquake of 7.5-magnitude on Tuesday hit 150 km south of Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey said.

A tsunami warning has been issued for coastlines near the epicentre of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that jolted Papua New Guinea.

A hazardous alert has been issued within 300 km of the epicentre, Xinhua news agency reported.

Islands in Papua New Guinea, including Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Indonesia, the Philippines and surrounding nations are expected to be hit by the strong waves.

However, no casualties or damage was reported so far.

According to the data from USGS, many earthquakes were reported in this area. Last week, 7.1 magnitude quake rocked Papua New Guinea and on the same day, a moderate intensity earthquake of 5.4 magnitude jolted the Andaman Islands. (Also Read: Eartquake jolts Andaman Islands, no reports of loss or damage)

A 5.6 magnitude quake had also struck Papua New Guinea on Monday. But there were no signs of damage. 

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