( December 17, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian ) A powerful earthquake, initially measured at magnitude 8.0, has hit east of Papua New Guinea, according to the US Geological Survey.
“Widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said in a message after the quake, which struck the New Ireland region of Papua New Guinea at a depth of 73 km.
The quake initially struck about 157 kilometers east of the port of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea on Saturday and was measured at magnitude 8.0, according to the USGS. It was then re-scaled to magnitude 7.9.
According to PTWC, a tsunami threat to Hawaii is still being evaluated.