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7.5-magnitude quake strikes off Papua New Guinea



An earthquake struck late Saturday off Papua New
Guinea’s eastern coast with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake struck at 11:27 p.m. (9:27 a.m. ET) and occurred at a depth of 19 miles (32 km), the USGS said.
It was centered 47 miles (75 km) southwest of Panguna, Papua New Guinea.
After the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, but then canceled it.
Saturday’s incident is the latest in a series of seismic
events in the region over the week. They began with
magnitude-7.1 and magnitude-6.5 earthquakes on
April 11, just to the northeast and southeast, respectively.
Since then, 45 earthquakes of magnitude-4.5 or greater have occurred nearby.
Earthquakes with magnitudes between 7.0 and 7.9 are
classified by USGS as “major,” second only to “great,” which are 8.0 and up.

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