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A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.7 struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, and a tsunami warning was issued soon after.

The epicenter of the 33 km deep quake was near the town of Rabaul in the northeast of Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said "hazardous tsunami waves" reaching 1-3 meters above the tide level were possible for coasts located within 1,000 km of the earthquake epicenter along the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

No destructive, Pacific-wide tsunami was expected.