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Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 strikes off northeast Papua New Guinea

The scene of devastation when an earthquake hit a stretch of the Papua New Guinea coastline in 1998. A 7.4 magnitude quake has struck PNG again May 5, 2015. — Reuters picThe scene of devastation when an earthquake hit a stretch of the Papua New Guinea coastline in 1998. A 7.4 magnitude quake has struck PNG again May 5, 2015. — Reuters picSYDNEY, Dec 1 — A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck the northeast coast of the Pacific Ocean nation of Papua New Guinea this morning, the United States Geographical Survey (USGS) said.

The quake hit at 0250 GMT at a depth of around 53km, according to USGS.

No tsunami warning was immediately issued.

Quakes are common in Papua New Guinea, which sits on the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire”, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties after the tremor.

Today’s quake was downgraded from an initial measurement of 6.3 magnitude by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). — Reuters

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