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Papua New Guinea jolted by 6.2 quake

The Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea was jolted by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued.

world Updated: Sep 14, 2011 08:34 IST
AFP

The Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea was jolted by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred at a depth of 34 kilometres, 44 km east of the coastal town of Wewak and 732 kilometres north of the capital Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea, 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.

A giant tsunami in 1997, caused by an undersea earthquake or a landslide, killed more than 3,500 people near Aitape, on the country's northwest coast.

First Published: Sep 13, 2011 07:31 IST