Tsunami alert

Tsunami alert called off

The United States Geological Survey downgraded the quake from an initial measurement of magnitude 8. It struck some 47km west of Arawa on the north coast of Bougainville Island at a depth of 154km, the USGS reported.

An initial tsunami alert for several Pacific islands was wound back to cover just PNG and the neighbouring Solomon Islands and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later said the tsunami threat had passed safely for those countries.

7.9 quake near Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea

An alert from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) says widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible for parts of the Pacific.

Areas issued tsunami warnings include Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea , Pohnpei , Vanuatu , Chuuk, Indonesia, Nauru and Kosrae.

Initial reports suggest the earthquake struck at a depth of 154km.

The quake was initially recorded at 8.0M.

More to come.

NZ Herald



No tsunami threat to NZ following PNG quake - NZ Civil Defence

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves reaching 1 to 3 metres above the tide level were possible in coastal areas of Papua New Guinea for the next several hours.

Waves of less than 0.3m above the tide level were forecast for some other areas of the Pacific, including Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Nauru and Vanuatu.

Civil Defence said there was no tsunami threat to New Zealand, including the Chatham Islands.

An advisory to stay out of the water and away from beaches was issued after the earthquake but later cancelled, based on the analysis of additional data.