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Powerful quake strikes Papua New Guinea

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:13 AM -

A powerful earthquake has struck the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea, a week after similar quakes rattled the neighbouring Solomon Islands.

The Magnitude 7.5 tremor, originally rated Magnitude 7.8 by the United States Geological Survey, at a depth of 10 km around 68 km southwest of the town of Panguna.

Tsunami warnings are in effect for Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, although none have been issued for Hawai'i.

Two similarly-powerful quakes struck the Solomon Islands last weekend. Although a small tsunami was generated, there were no reports of significant damage or injuries.

More seriously, a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Mexico near Acapulco, less than 300 km away from Mexico, on Friday.

Although high-rise evacuations were ordered, and some damage to buildings was reported, there were no significant injuries.

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