At 18:44 UTC on 8 September 2002 (04:44 on 9 September, local time), a strong earthquake (mb 6.5, MS 7.8; hereafter “PNG02”) occurred off the northern coast of the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea (“PNG”; see Figure 1) and triggered a moderate tsunami that was observed along 300 km of the northern PNG coast. This event is of particular interest since it occurred only 120 km east-southeast of the earthquake of 17 July 1998 (mb 5.9, MS 7.0; hereafter “PNG98”), which triggered a devastating tsunami with a death toll exceeding...

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