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No Tsunami Threat to Hawai‘i After Large Earthquake Near Papua New Guinea

March 8, 2018, 8:05 AM HST
* Updated March 8, 8:09 AM


There is no tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi after a 6.8 (preliminary magnitude 7.0) earthquake reported at 7:40 a.m. HST on Thursday, March 8, 2018 in the New Ireland region of Papua New Guinea.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says that based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is NOT expected, and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi.

The USGS reports that the quake was centered:

78.5 miles E of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
199.6 miles NW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
214.6 miles ESE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
240.7 miles ENE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
460.0 miles NNE of Alotau, Papua New Guinea

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