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    A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has been registered near Papua New Guinea, the United States Geological Survey said in a statement.

    The quake took place at 21:19 GMT on Monday, around 33 kilometers (20.5 miles) to the north-west of the town of Bulolo. The epicenter was located at a depth of 126.9 kilometers. 

    No immediate statement on any damage or casualties was made.      

    The USGS-linked Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is no tsunami threat after the quake, according to Reuters.    

    Papua New Guinea lies on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire — an area in the Pacific Ocean extremely prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. About 90 percent of all global seismic activity occurs in this region.


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