7.5 Earthquake Jolts Papua New Guinea

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Port Moresby: An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 has struck Papua New Guinea on Sunday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake, 14 km from Komo, struck around 11.14 p.m, as reported.

It is currently unclear if the huge quake in the “Ring of Fire” — a hotbed of seismic activity surrounding a tectonic plate that spans the Pacific – caused any damage or injuries. It is an area known for seismic upheavals and volcanic eruptions.

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Despite the huge magnitude, officials said there was no tsunami risk. A statement from Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said: “An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 occurred in New Guinea.”

About a half an hour later a second earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 in the same area with a depth of 39 kilometres. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre showed that there was no threat of a tsunami for Australia.