Port Moresby, March 24: An earthquake of 6.9 magnitude struck a remote part of northern Papua New Guinea in early hours of Sunday (local time), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The depth of the earthquake was measured at 35 km and the epicentre was 32 km east-north-east of the small settlement of Ambunti. Earthquake in Indonesia: Quake of Magnitude 6.0 on Richter Scale Hits East Java.


No casualties have been reported so far. Further details are awaited. Earthquake in Afghanistan: Quake of Magnitude 5.3 on Richter Scale Hits Asian Country.

Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea, which sits on top of the seismic "Ring of Fire" -- an arc of intense tectonic activity that stretches through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

A strong earthquake of 7.0 magnitude killed at least seven people in April last year. (ANI)

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