International Business Times: The US Geological Survey (USGS) says a magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck in the waters off Papua New Guinea.
A tsunami alert was issued after the quake, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC). This earthquake is considered to be a major one. Due to the depth of the tremors, shockwaves will be felt in a very wide radius, according to Earthquake Report. Maximum shaking values are reported as “very strong”, but not considered as anything out of the ordinary for a country like Papua New Guinea and its neighbouring islands.
Strong tsunami waves could affect the coastal areas of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Nauru and other islands in the hours following the quake, the PTWC said.
The quake struck 60 km to the east of Taron, New Ireland, at 8.51 pm local time (1051 GMT) and was originally recorded at 8.0-magititude and then slightly revised down to 7.9. It struck at a depth of some 75 km, according to the USGS.
People stand outside a destroyed house in Illapel, Chile, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. A magnitude 8.3 earthquake hit off northern Chile on Wednesday night, causing buildings to sway in the capital of Santiago and prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning for the Andean nation’s entire Pacific coast. People sought safety in the streets of inland cities, while others along the shore took to their cars to get to higher ground. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
An 8.3 magnitude earthquake shook Chile, killing at least eight people as of Thursday.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake occurred at 2254 GMT.
It occurred at a shallow depth, 228 kilometers (about 140 miles) north of Santiago.
AFP reported that Illapel, a coastal city of 30,000 was hardest hit by the earthquake.
The strong quake was very strong that the tremor was felt around South America.
The earthquake caused tsunami, leaving several towns flooded by water.
The coastal town of Coquimbo was hit by waves of up to 4.5 meters (15 feet) after the earthquake.
This earthquake is the strongest since 2010’s earthquake which killed hundreds of people.
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake under the sea at a depth of 28 miles (46 km) near Maluku Islands, Indonesia has triggered tsunami warning on Saturday.
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake struck northwest of the town of Kota Ternate, at 0231 GMT.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said: “Tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 kilometres.”
It said tsunami waves could hit parts of Indonesia, as well the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan and islands in the South Pacific.
KOMPAS.com listed 15 places in Indonesia that has the potential to be hit by the tsunami:
1. Halmahera, Maluku 2. Halmahera Utara, Maluku Utara 3. Kepulauan Sula, Maluku Utara 4. Bolaangmongondow bagian selatan, Sulawesi Utara 5. Kepulauan Sangihe, Sulawesi Utara 6. Kepulauan Talaud, Sulawesi Utara 7. Minahasa Bagian Selatan, Sulawesi Utara 8. Minahasa-Selatan Bagian Selatan, Sulawesi Utara 9. Minahasa Utara bagian selatan, Sulawesi Utara 10. Minahasa Utara bagian utara, Sulawesi Utara 11. Gorontalo bagian utara, Gorontalo 12. Buru, Maluku 13. Seram bagian barat, Maluku 14. Halmahera Selatan, Maluku Utara 15. Kota Ternate, Maluku Utara