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Strong earthquake rocks Papua New Guinea, on Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’

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SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake has rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 7.5-magnitude quake struck Tuesday about 90 miles south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea. The earthquake was 6 miles deep.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 186 miles of the epicenter.

[The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, reports no tsunami danger on the U.S. West Coast from the quake.]

Papua New Guinea sits on the Ring of Fire, the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.

 

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