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Huge Quake rattles Papua New Guinea

By Hannah Masterson

Some parts of Papua New Guinea were without power today after a major earthquake shook the island however there is no tsunami warning posted and damage is reported to be minimal.

The magnitude 7.1 quake hit a remote mountainous region, but was well underground at a depth of 121 kilometres (75 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey reported, indicating less severe damage in the area.

“I was at my desk when it hit,” said Ella Hall in Lae, about 90 kilometers (55 miles) north-northwest of the quake’s epicentre.

“The house started to shake from side to side. I could hear glasses falling downstairs.”

Some shaking was felt in the capital,  Port Moresbyabout 220 kilometers (137 miles) to the southeast.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific “ring of fire,” an area of high seismic and volcanic activity stretching from New Zealand in the South Pacific, up through Japan, across to Alaska, and down the west coasts of North and South America. This makes the area exceedingly prone to earthquakes and volcanoes.

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