Major 7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea; Indonesia’s Bali rattled

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A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea’s New Britain island on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said, triggering a tsunami warning.

The major quake’s epicenter was 125 kilometers (east of the town of Kimbe, according to USGS, which said it struck at a depth of around 40 km.

Hazardous tsunami waves from the earthquake were possible within 300 km of the epicentre along Papua New Guinea coastlines, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

A magnitude 6 earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Bali on Thursday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, causing brief panic among residents though there was no potential for a tsunami and no immediate reports of major damage.

The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank are being held this week in Bali and attended by more than 19,000 delegates and other guests, including ministers and some leaders.

The quake located in the Bali Sea shook buildings for several seconds on Bali and some residents briefly left their homes in the island’s capital Denpasar, a Reuters witness said.

The USGS put the epicentre as 40 km northeast of Sumberanyar on nearby Java island.

Indonesia suffered a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami last month on the island of Sulawesi killing more than 2,000 people.

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