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    A 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook the coast of Papua New Guinea late on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

    A 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook the coast of Papua New Guinea late on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

    The quake struck 17 miles (27 kilometers) northeast of the town of Kandrian on the island of New Britain, at a depth of 29 km (18.0 miles).

    No casualties or damages have been reported so far, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has not issued a tsunami alert.

    Papua New Guinea lies on the so-called Ring of Fire, an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones around the Pacific Rim where about 90 percent of the world's quakes occur.

    On February 22, a devastating 6.3 earthquake hit New Zealand, which lies in the same region in the Pacific, killing at least 166 people.

     

    MOSCOW, March 10 (RIA Novosti)

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