7.0 magnitude earthquake; No tsunami warning

A strong earthquake was felt in Papua New Guinea. The US Geological Survey reported that the magnitude of the earthquake was 7.0 on the Richter scale. The earthquake struck northwest Papua New Guinea early Monday morning. USG also reported that the earthquake occurred at 4 am local time.

The quake struck at a depth of 62 km, 97 km (60 mi) from the coastal town of Waiwak. The area is sparsely populated. Meanwhile, no tsunami warnings have been issued.According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake could damage the area due to liquefaction, which could cause soil collapse and horizontal sliding.

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