PAPA NEW GUINEA (CBS SF ) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 7.7 earthquake has struck in Papua New Guinea. The earthquake prompted a tsunami warning.
The USGS says the quake’s epicenter was located 33 miles (54 kilometers) southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea and was at a depth of 65 kilometers. The quake hit at 3:48 p.m. PST Sunday.
A tsunami alert was issued for coastal areas within 1,000 kilometers of the quake’s epicenter. There was no threat for the California coast.
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Strong earthquakes with an epicenter off the coast can trigger tsunamis, depending on the size and type of the fault movement. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center tracks earthquake data for the West Coast.
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