Strong earthquake strikes near Papua New Guinea; no damage reported

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October 24, 2008 01:53

 
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A strong earthquake struck in the ocean near Papua New Guinea on Thursday night, but there have been no reports of injury or damage and no tsunami warnings have been issued. The US Geological Survey said the 6.2 magnitude quake struck Thursday night 10 kilometers below the surface. It was centered 245 kilometers north of Wewak, Papua New Guinea. The archipelago nation is part of the Pacific Ocean's "ring of fire" where earthquakes of this magnitude are fairly common and rarely cause serious damage.

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