Magnitude 7.8 earthquake hits off Papua New Guinea

by Reuters
Saturday, 19 April 2014 13:54 GMT

In this 2004 file photo an unidentified technician at the French National Seism Survey Institute in Strasbourg points at a graph registered during an earthquake. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler VK/AA

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LONDON, April 19 (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude 7.8 was recorded off Papua New Guinea on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), hit 68 km southwest of Panguna.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami warning was in effect for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 was recorded off Papua New Guinea's remote Bougainville Island on April 11, but there were no reports of damage.

(Editing by Alison Williams and Janet Lawrence)