8.0 magnitude earthquake quake hits Papua New Guinea. Tsunami alert

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – AP — U.S. Geological Survey says magnitude-8.0 earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea.

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Dangerous waves could be headed to some South Pacific coasts after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck in the sea off Papua New Guinea on Saturday night, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a preliminary alert.

The quake struck in the ocean about 45 kilometers east of Papua New Guinea’s New Ireland island, also known as Latangai, at about 8:51 p.m. (5:51 a.m. ET), the US Geological Survey said.

Hazardous tsunamis are possible though about midnight local time along some coasts of that country, as well as the Solomon Islands, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Indonesia, Nauru, Kosrae and Vanuatu, the PTWC said.

More details to follow…