Tsunami waves possible after magnitude-7 earthquake strikes east of PNG

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Magnitudes below 6.5Earthquakes of this magnitude are very unlikely to trigger a tsunami.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no longer a threat of tsunami waves after the quake.

But the warning has since been called off.

There were no immediate reports of damage in PNG.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region that is widely regarded as geologically active.

Earlier this year, the government estimated more than 100 people died after a series of tremors shook the country.

In March, a magnitude-6.6 quake struck nearby but no casualties or damage was reported. No damage has been reported by the authorities as yet.

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An quake rattled part of Papua New Guinea on Thursday, but no major damage or injuries have been reported.

The United States Geological Survey said the PNG quake hit about 125km east of Kimbe around a depth pf 40km. He had killed at least 125 people, and cut off from the world some of the mountain villages.

The Indonesian archipelago is in an area that experiences intense seismic and volcanic movements, which produce about 7,000 earthquakes each year, most of which are of moderate magnitude.

In Indonesia, at least three people were killed as a shallow 6.0-magnitude natural disaster struck off the coast of Java and Bali islands.

The earthquake's tremors were felt as far as the holiday island of Bali, where locals and tourists were woken up by the sensation.

Just over an hour later, a magnitude 6.3 quake hit farther northeast on the island.

The quake hit about 200km (125 miles) southwest of the town of Rabaul at a depth of nearly 40km, just before 7 am local time (2100 GMT Wednesday).

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