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Series of quakes strike off South Pacific islands: USGS

Last Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014, 05:58

A strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the South Pacific islands of Wallis and Futuna in the early hours today, following another powerful earthquake off Tonga.

5.8 quake hits Papua New Guinea

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

Papua New Guinea is regularly hit by earthquakes due to its proximity to the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire".

Magnitude 6.0 quake strikes off Vanuatu: USGS

Last Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011, 09:56

Vanuatu lies on Pacific Ring of Fire, a zone of frequent seismic activity caused by friction between shifting tectonic plates.

Magnitude 5.6 quake hits Indonesia

Last Updated: Saturday, August 06, 2011, 10:25

Indonesia sits on Pacific Ring of Fire, where meeting of continental plates causes seismic activity.

Papua New Guinea rattled by 6.8 quake

Last Updated: Monday, August 01, 2011, 08:49

Papua New Guinea sits on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity.