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Earthquake: A Strong earthquake tremors in Papua New Guinea, magnitude 7.6 on the Richter scale

7.6 magnitude of Earthquake hits east Papua New Guinea. According to the report, There have been no reports of damages or casualties as of now.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Papua New Guinea: Strong earthquake tremors have been felt in Papua New Guinea. A 7.6 magnitude earthquake has struck Lai, Papua New Guinea on Sunday morning. According to the report, There have been no reports of damages or casualties as of now. The US Geological Survey prompting a tsunami warning.

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The quake struck at a depth of 61 kilometres (38 miles), about 67 kilometres from the town of Kainantu, the USGS said, warning that tsunami waves were possible within 1,000 kilometres of the epicentre.

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Papua New Guinea is located on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, to the east of Indonesia and north of eastern Australia. New Guinea region has witnesses 22 earthquakes with magnitude 7.5 since 1900. The largest earthquake in the region was an M8.2 shallow thrust fault event in the northern Papua province of Indonesia that killed 166 people in 1996.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, causing it to experience frequent earthquakes. In neighbouring Indonesia in 2004 a 9.1-magnitude quake triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including about 170,000 in Indonesia.

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