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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Quake off Papua New Guinea, no tsunami

CD Quake off Papua New Guinea, no tsunami

"Singapore: A strong earthquake was recorded off Papua New Guinea at 9.25am local time (12.25pm NZT), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said today.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties after the magnitude 6.5 earthquake, whose epicentre was under the sea 577km northeast of Port Moresby.

The USGS described the quake as "strong" on its website but said no tsunami warning had been issued.

"No destructive Pacific-wide Tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data," it said.

The area of the quake is in the Pacific 'Ring of Fire', a seismically active area with frequent earthquakes and volcanos."

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