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Tsunami threat cancelled after 7.0 quake hits Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY: A major 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea´s New Britain island on Thursday, briefly triggering a tsunami alert before authorities gave the all clear. The United States Geological Survey said the quake hit about 125 kilometres (80 miles) east of Kimbe at a depth of around 40km. There were a string of smaller tremors measuring up to 6.2 immediately before and after the main earthquake, which struck at 6:48am (2048 Wednesday GMT). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned hazardous tsunami waves were possible in coastal areas 300km from the epicentre. It later revised its forecast saying: “Based on all available…