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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Earthquake in Papua New Guinea

Powerful earthquake hits Papua New Guinea.

Earthquake News Updates! A powerful earthquake struck waters off Papua New Guinea early Thursday. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no threat of a widespread, destructive tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 and struck 20 miles (32 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor.

It hit near the island province of New Britain, 295 miles (470 kilometers) northeast of the national capital Port Moresby. Residents contacted by phone said they could not even feel the tremor.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a statement saying there was no threat of a widespread, destructive tsunami.

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