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A massive earthquake hit off the Papua New Guinea coast, no more tsunami threat


[UPDATE] 10:23 a.m. | The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the threat has passed.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a tsunami threat in Papua New Guinea.

Very strong earthquake

A magnitude-7.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Papua New Guinea Saturday, and a tsunami threat has been issued to areas near the epicenter, according to the Associated Press.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a threat of a tsunami in Papua New Guinea and nearby areas.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Ring of Fire, the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.

The initial magnitude reading was 8.0, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Magnitude 7.9 earthquake

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck 46 kilometers (29 miles) east of Taron in Papua New Guinea on Saturday. The quake was deep, at 103 kilometers (61 miles). Deeper earthquakes tend to cause less damage than shallow ones.

Here's the initial alert.

This journalist tweeted an alert from the PTWC Tsunami Threat Center.

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