A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Saturday, and a tsunami warning was issued to areas near the epicenter. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The magnitude 7.9 quake struck 29 miles east of Taron in Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake was 61 miles deep. 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...