Earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea, triggering panic and tsunami alert

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A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea today, sending frightened residents fleeing from their homes, but a threatened tsunami passed without incident, seismologists said. The quake struck 133 kilometres south-southwest of the town of Kokopo in the New Britain region at a depth of 63 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said, and was followed by a 5.9 magnitude aftershock. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially warned that “hazardous tsunami waves” were possible but in a…

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