Strong Quake Rocks Papua New Guinea, Local Tsunami Possible

A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, and officials warned that a local tsunami was possible. The U.S. Geological Survey reported, the 7.4-magnitude quake struck about 80 miles south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, at a depth of 40 miles, downgrading its original estimate that the quake was magnitude 7.5 and 6 miles deep. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of up to 3 feet)were possible within 186 miles of the epicenter.