A major 7.0-magnitude quake struck Papua New Guinea's New Britain island on Thursday (Oct 11), briefly triggering a tsunami alert before authorities gave the all clear.
McKee said attempts were being made to contact local agencies in New Britain to check whether the quake caused any damage.
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center oceanographer David Walsh says any tsunami from the quake would only affect areas immediately around the epicenter.
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Also on Thursday, a magnitude-6.0 natural disaster struck just off the popular island of Bali, Indonesia, where the International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organisation, the World Bank, were holding annual meetings until Sunday.
Magnitudes between 6.5 and 7.5Earthquakes of this size do not usually produce destructive tsunamis.
To date, the largest aftershock recorded has been magnitude 7.1 that did not produce a damaging tsunami. Following the quake, at least two aftershocks were reported that scored more than 5 on the Richter Scale.
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PNG sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates. He had killed at least 125 people, and cut off from the world some of the mountain villages.
Following the major quake, a series of small tremors continue to rock some part of the region.
The latest quake came on the same day when the Indonesian authorities planned to conclude the search for victims of the quake-tsunami that struck its Sulawesi Island on September 28. The tremor's epicentre was in the Bali Sea around 40 kilometres off the eastern end of Java island, according to the United States Geological Survey.
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