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Strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea today, seismologists said, but there was no immediate tsunami warning or reports of damage.

world Updated: Aug 15, 2010 21:57 IST

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Sunday, seismologists said, but there was no immediate tsunami warning or reports of damage.

The quake hit around three kilometres (two miles) off the west coast of the the island of New Britain, at 1:09 am (1509 GMT today) at a depth of 192 kilometres (119 miles), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Papua New Guinea, which is mired in poverty despite rich mineral deposits, sits on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.