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7.0-magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea: USGS

A 7.0-magnitude quake struck off the northeast of Papua New Guinea today,the US Geological Survey said,but there was no tsunami warning issued.

Written by Agencies | Sydney | Published: April 17, 2012 4:23:49 pm

A 7.0-magnitude quake struck off the northeast of Papua New Guinea today,the US Geological Survey said,but there was no tsunami warning issued.

The quake hit at 5:13 pm (local time) 141 kilometres north of the country’s second largest city of Lae and 443 kilometres from the capital Port Moresby at a depth of 201 kilometres,it said.

“A destructive tsunami was not generated based on earthquake and historical tsunami data,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement.

Quakes of such magnitude are common in impoverished Papua New Guinea,which sits on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”,a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

Last month,the country was hit by a 6.7-magnitude earthquake but while the tremor was widely felt it was too deep to cause much damage.

Earlier in March,a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the New Britain region of the country,with no damage or injuries reported.

A giant tsunami in 1998,caused by an undersea earthquake,killed more than 2,000 people near Aitape,on the country’s northwest coast.

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