No tsunami expected after powerful 7.5 quake off Papua New Guinea
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
An earthquake with a magnitude 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea early Saturday, but was not strong enough to generate a tsunami threat to Hawaii.
The quake, at a depth of 19.2 miles, struck 47 miles southwest of Panguna, Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey said, revising down the magnitude from an initial 7.8.
Magnitude 7.0 quakes or greater are capable of causing widespread and heavy damage.
The earthquake happened at 3:27 a.m. HST.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports, "Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii. Repeat. A destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.
Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea. The country lies on the "Ring of Fire" — an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.