3 dead in Java quake; 7.0 quake jolts Papua New Guinea

Leroy Wright
October 13, 2018

The preliminary magnitude 7.0 quake struck at 10:48 a.m. today at a depth of 24.5 miles and was centered 118 miles northeast of Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake was centered about 117 kilometers (73 miles) east of Kimbe, West New Britain, on the Pacific island nation and was about 40 kilometers (25 miles) deep.

As a result of the massive quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued warnings about the possibility of a tsunami as an aftermath.

"We felt the quake a bit, but it was not too strong", Constable Roy Michael told Reuters by phone from Rabaul police station.

He added there was no damage in Rabaul, but officers were still waiting to hear from villages closer to the epicentre.

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

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The storm is expected to bring heavy rain between 6am on Friday and 6pm on Saturday, particularly over south-facing hills. The RSA said that with the risk of coastal flooding , motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded areas.

Strong earthquakes struck parts Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Russian Federation mere hours apart this morning.

The Hela and Southern Highlands provinces that were worst affected are remote and undeveloped, and assessments about the scale of the damage and injuries were slow to filter out.

The magnitude 7.0 quake was deep enough that it likely did not generate a tsunami, said Chris McKee, the government's acting director of geohazards management.

The quake located in the Bali Sea shook buildings for several seconds on Bali and some residents briefly left their homes in the island's capital Denpasar, a Reuters witness said.

Papua New Guinea is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is the most seismically active region in the world. At least two aftershocks with a magnitude greater than 5 shortly followed.

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