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Powerful quake strikes Pacific nation

After an earthquake occurred in Papua New Guinea, it is not clear if there will be any casualties or damage.

Sunday’s magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Papua New Guinea caused widespread shaking throughout the nation.

According to the US Geological Survey, (USGS), the epicenter was located at 90km (around 56miles) from Kainantu, in the eastern half of the country.

Initial tsunami alerts were issued along Indonesian and Papua New Guinea coasts. However, the government soon declared that there was no threat. “has now passed.”

The numbers of casualties are not known at this time. There have been unconfirmed reports that homes were buried and then destroyed.

Residents across the country reported seeing buildings shaken, with the exception of Port Moresby the capital, which was some 480km from the incident.

A witness said that the quake was as strong as a earthquake. “very strong”, saying “everything was like sitting on a sea – just floating.”

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Papua New Guinea experiences around a hundred earthquakes every year due to its location in one the world’s most tectonically active areas known as the Pacific’s Ring of Fire.

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the same region of the country on August 25, 2018, killing at least 125.

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