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Earthquake of 6.6 magnitude jolts Papua New Guinea


Wellington, Mar 26: A month after a deadly quake killed more than 100 people, an earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale hit the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea.

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There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from today's quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said was centered in a remote area of East New Britain province.

USGS reported the quake had a depth of 40 kilometers. Deeper earthquakes tend to cause less damage on the Earth's surface.

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake on Feb. 26 killed at least 125 people, injured dozens and brought work to a halt at four oil and gas fields. Home to 7 million people, Papua New Guinea is located to the east of Indonesia and sits on the Pacific's "Ring of Fire."


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