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Strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

Last Updated: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 22:45

Port Moresby: A strong 6.3-magnitude
earthquake struck the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea
on Sunday, seismologists said, but there was no immediate tsunami
warning or reports of damage.

The quake hit around three kilometres (two miles) off the
west coast of the the island of New Britain, at 1:09 am (1509
GMT today) at a depth of 192 kilometres (119 miles), the US
Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Papua New Guinea, which is mired in poverty despite rich
mineral deposits, sits on the so-called "Pacific Ring of
Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between
tectonic plates.


First Published: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 22:45
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