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| Powerful 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Papua New Guinea
A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Saturday, generating a small tsunami and knocking out power in parts of the Pacific island nation. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The magnitude-7.9 quake struck 46 kilometres (29 miles) east of Taron in Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake was deep, at 103 kilometres (61 miles). Deeper earthquakes tend to cause less damage than shallow ones. The USGS initially said the quake's magnitude was 8.0, but later downgraded the strength. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a threat of a tsunami in Papua New Guinea and nearby areas. It said tsunami waves reaching 1-3 metres (yards) high were possible along the coasts of Papua New Guinea, while waves in other areas, including the Solomon Islands, would likely be less than 0.3 metre (1 foot) high. A tsunami measuring less than 1 metre (3 feet) hit the coast of the island of New Ireland shortly after the earthquake, said