CANBERRA, Australia ̵
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said the magnitude 7.2 earthquake could have caused small changes in the ocean, but the danger had passed within an hour or so. According to the PTWC and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, there was no tsunami risk for Australia or the wider Pacific.
The US Geological Survey measured the earthquake at magnitude 6.9 at a depth of 35 kilometers over 162 kilometers (100 km) km) southwest of Rabaul in a remote area of the province of East New Britain
An earthquake magnitude 7.5 enforced 35,000 damaged homes on February 26, injuring dozens and halting work on four oil and gas fields. In the remote region, which is regularly hit by aftershocks, work on repairing roads and making additional damage assessments was slow.
Papua New Guinea, the country with 7 million inhabitants, is located east of Indonesia and north of the Australian East Coast. It is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the chain of seismic disturbances where most earthquakes take place worldwide.
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