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6.0-magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea, according to the United States Geological Survey, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued.

Published: 26th September 2017 08:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2017 08:31 AM   |  A+A-

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By AFP

SYDNEY: A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued.

The tremor hit at a depth of five kilometres (three miles) near the sparsely-populated East New Britain region, some 210 kilometres southeast of the town of Kokopo, the USGS said.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning.

Earthquakes are common near Papua New Guinea, which lies on the 4,000-kilometre-long Pacific Australia plate.

It forms part of the "Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.



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