24th October 07:46 AM
Strong earthquakes strike Papua New Guinea and Bali
By Lena Reece
Thursday 11/10/2018

Strong earthquakes struck Papua New Guinea and the Indonesian island of Bali earlier today, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.

The Associated Press says the quake in Papua raised the possibility of a local tsunami, although authorities said there was no significant tsunami threat to Hawaii or the wider Pacific region.

The magnitude 7.0 quake in Papua New Guinea struck about 118 kilometers (74 miles) east of Kimbe, West New Britain, on the Pacific island nation. It was followed by aftershocks of magnitude 5.7 and 5.9.


Earthquakes(orange dots) hit Papua New Guinea and Bali
 

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

Earlier today, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck just off the popular island of Bali, where the International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organization, the World Bank, are holding annual meetings.

Some tourists and residents ducked outdoors as a precaution but then went back to sleep when there was no tsunami warning.

Indonesia is still reeling from an earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi that killed more than 2,000 people. Officials say more than 80,000 people are living in temporary shelters or otherwise displaced.

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