Oct 142011

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit just off Papua New Guinea today, the US Geological Survey said.

It hit at a depth of 36 miles (57km), 64 miles (103km) east of Lae town and 196 miles (315km) north-northeast of the capital Port Moresby.

There was no immediate tsunami warning, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre. The extent of damage or casualties was not clear.

Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous offshore islands in the south-western Pacific Ocean.

The nation lies in the so-called “Ring of Fire”, an area where several tectonic plates collide.


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