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Quake-Triggered Tsunami Hits 2 Towns

November 17, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

A huge earthquake shook the Pacific Ocean just off Papua New Guinea, generating a tidal wave that damaged a supermarket and other buildings. No injuries were reported, but communications were briefly cut with Rabaul and nearby Kokopo, two towns on New Britain island hit by the tsunami. The towns have a combined population of 10,000. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the undersea quake registered a magnitude of 7.8. The U.S. Geological Survey put it at 8.

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