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Tsunami warning issued in Papua New Guinea after 7.9 magnitude earthquake

A 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck in the ocean off the coast of the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea Saturday evening local time. Residents fled to higher ground as a tsunami warning was issued for coastal areas as well as other inhabited islands nearby, including New Zealand.

Several hours later, the warning was relaxed, though officials still urged caution. Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific's "Ring of Fire" and experiences frequent seismic activity.