Moderate 5.6-magnitude quake strikes off PNG

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea early Monday, US geologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

Sydney: A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea early Monday, US geologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake struck at a depth of 35 kilometres (22 miles) off the northwest tip of New Britain island, according to the US Geological Survey, at 6:00 am local time (2000 GMT Sunday).
The epicentre was 109 kilometres west of the town of Rabaul.

Quakes are common in PNG, which sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

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