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BREAKING: Magnitude 7.7 Earthquake Strikes off the Coast of Papua New Guinea

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck 34 miles(54 km) southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea around 7:49 eastern time Sunday evening, the USGS reports.

Shortly after the earthquake occurred the Pacific Tusnami Warning Center

said there was potential for dangerous tsunami waves to impact areas within 621 miles (1000 km) along the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.