Strong quake strikes off Papua New Guinea: USGS

Last Updated: Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 14:46

Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea): A strong
earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck off Papua New
Guinea`s island of Bougainville on Saturday but there were no
immediate reports of any damage, seismologists said.

The tremor, which struck at 11:42 am local time (0142
GMT), was about 80 kilometres west of Arawa city at a depth of
65 kilometres, according the US Geological Survey.

"At this stage we have not received any reports of any
damage," a spokesman for PNG`s national earthquakes centre

"We have not had any report of such activity as a
tsunami, but normally (with) earthquakes of about 6.2 we
rarely anticipate tsunamis along our coastline," he added.

Papua New Guinea sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring
of Fire", where continental plates meet. The region is
frequently hit by earthquakes.

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First Published: Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 14:46

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