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6.3 quake hits Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY: A 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked Papua New Guinea's remote New Britain region on Tuesday, but was unlikely to cause a tsunami, Australian seismologists said. The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles), about 163 kilometres east-northeast of Kandrian, New Britain and some 576 kilometres from the capital Port Moresby. Geoscience Australia, which also measured the tremor at 6.3-magnitude, said the quake was close to the coastline. "People living in that local area would have gotten a fairly strong shake," seismologist David Jepsen told AFP, adding that some vulnerable structures could have been damaged by the tremor. "I don't think there would be a (local) tsunami," he added. Jepsen said quakes of such magnitude were common in the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea, which sits on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a ...

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