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6.2-magnitude quake hits off PNG: USGS

AFP  |  Sydney 

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea today, the US Geological Survey said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued.

The shallow tremor struck in waters near the sparsely populated New island, 450 kilometres northeast of the capital Port Moresby, the agency reported.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a widespread tsunami warning.

New Britain, the largest island of the Bismarck Archipelago, is east of mainland New Guinea and has a population of around 500,000.

It lies on the 4,000-kilometre Pacific-plate, which forms part of the "Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

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First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 21:42 IST