Another big natural disaster strikes off Papua New Guinea

BREAKING: Massive earthquake strikes off Australian coast – tsunami alert

The toen is home to at least 20,000 people.

A tsunami alert has been issued. "Persons located in threatened coastal areas should stay alert for information".

Papua New Guinea is at high risk of being struck by earthquakes as the country lies on a major fault line along the Ring of Fire. "Thank God we are all safe".

A strong natural disaster struck off the southern coast of Papua New Guinea's New Britain Island on Thursday, initially prompting tsunami warnings in the area.

The USGS anticipates caualties and damages.

Papua New Guinea, located in the seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire, was hit by a powerful natural disaster in February, which resulted in over 100 deaths as landslides buried villages in its remote highlands. About 90 per cent of the world's earthquakes, and 81 per cent of the largest earthquakes occur in this area.

The country has also been hit by a series of earthquakes this month, leaving vulnerable residents who living unsafe conditions in fear.

And countries across the blog stretching from Chile in South America to New Zealand are preparing for more chaos and possible aftershocks and tremors after weeks of eruptions and quakes.

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