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6.2-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea

Published on Aug 20, 2012 9:49 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake hit 115km north-east of Mount Hagen in the western highlands, the Pacific nation's third largest city, at a depth of 77km.

Geoscience Australia said it could have been felt in the city, but it was too far away and too deep to cause much damage.

Strong earthquakes are common in impoverished PNG, which sits on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

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