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BREAKING: Magnitude-7.9 earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea, triggers tsunami alerts

A magnitude-7.9 rocked Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea on Sunday afternoon, local time.

The quake struck 25 miles (41 km) west-northwest of Panguna, Papua New Guinea and was fairly deep at 85 miles (136 km km) below the earth's surface, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

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A strong earthquake shook Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea on Sunday afternoon, local time. (Image/USGS)


The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) intially warned that there was the threat for dangerous tsunami waves in many nearby islands. The tsunami threat has since lessened to only include Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, where tsunami waves of 1 to 3 feet (0.3 to 1 m) are possible.

The USGS initially reported the magnitude of the quake at 8.0.

There are no immediate reports of injuries, deaths or damage.

Papua New Guinea is located in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” which is an area notorious for significant earthquakes.

Check back for continued updates on this developing story.