5.8 quake hits Papua New Guinea

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 22:40

Sydney: A shallow 5.8-magnitude quake struck
Papua New Guinea early Wednesday, the US Geological Survey
reported, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no
immediate reports of damage.

The quake hit in the Eastern New Guinea region at a depth
of 10 kilometres just after midnight (around 1930 IST) with
its epicentre 87 kilometres south of the coastal city of Lae,
the USGS said.

Papua New Guinea is regularly hit by earthquakes due to
its proximity to the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a
hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic
plates.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 22:40

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