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Quake occurs in Papua New Guinea, causing no tsunami

April 30, 2015

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A 6.7-magnitude earthquake has been recorded in Papua New Guinea, but no tsunami was expected.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake Thursday night was on the island of New Britain in the Pacific. There were no reports of damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake posed no tsunami threat. It also said the epicenter was 43 kilometers (27 miles) deep. Shallower quakes typically have more damage potential.

The quake occurred about 125 kilometers from the city of Kokopo and 680 kilometers from Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Ring of Fire, the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.

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