Tsunami threat passes as second major earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

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      One week after a major earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, another powerful tremblor has shaken the South Pacific country.

      A 7.5-magnitude quake hit offshore between the northeastern islands New Ireland and New Britain at 10:58 p.m. on May 14 local time (4:58 a.m. B.C. time) at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

      Preliminary reports stated it was 7.7-magnitude before being reassessed.

      The epicenter was located 44 kilometres (27 miles) northeast of the East New Britain capital Kokopo and 258 kilometres (160 miles) southeast of Kavieng.

      According to the U.S. Tsunami Warning System, the tsunami threat, which potentially included the North American west coast and the B.C. coastline, has now passed.

      On May 7 local time (May 6 in B.C.), a 7.2-magnitude quake shook mainland Papua New Guinea on the island of New Guinea.

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