6.3-magnitude quake hits PNG | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 03, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 03, 2012

6.3-magnitude quake hits PNG

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea (PNG) yesterday, the US Geological Survey said.
The quake hit the remote New Ireland region at 7:56pm local time at a depth of 70 kilometres, 128 kilometres from Rabaul, New Britain, and 850 kilometres from the capital Port Moresby.
Strong earthquakes are common in impoverished PNG, which sits on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

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