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  1. Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea

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

By: | Sydney | Updated: September 26, 2017 5:47 AM
Papua New Guinea earthquake, Papua New Guinea quake, earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea news, world news 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. (Twitter/CBC News Alerts)

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea today, 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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