New Dawn FM News
A tsunami threat was issued for coastal areas of the New Britain Island following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake early this morning at around 7:48 Bougainville Standard Time.
The earthquake occurred at a depth of 24.5 miles with the epicentre being 77 miles east of the West New Britain Province capital, Kimbe.
Tremors from the earthquake could be felt as far as Bougainville with residents from Sohano Island feeling the aftershock.
The tsunami threat has since been lifted but people along the New Guinea Islands have been cautioned by the authorities.
The Bougainville Disaster Office has since issued warnings to people along coastal areas to avoid low lying areas near the shore.
Furthermore aftershocks are possible and could pose a threat to life and property as well as cause further damage to already weakened structures.
People have been asked to monitor alerts through the media for updates regarding the earthquake.
They have advised people to exercise caution and follow all directives issued by the authorities.