7.5 maginitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea,tsunami warning issued

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Sydney, April 19: A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 hit Papua New Guinea late on Saturday night, the US Geological Survey said.

Reportedly, a tsunami warning has also been issued.S

The quake hit 75 kilometres (47 miles) south-west of the town of Panguna on Bougainville island, USGS said.

A tsunami warning was issued for Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The quake struck at a depth of 30 kilometres just before 11:30 pm (1330 GMT), USGS said. Another 5.6-magnitude quake had happened around 20 minutes later in the same area at a depth of 69 kilometres.

A 6.6-magnitude quake occurred in the same area on Saturday morning, USGS reported earlier.

Papua New Guinea is located on the region known as Pacific Ring of Fire, which is a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

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