Strong quake strikes Papua New Guinea island

14:37, March 10, 2011      

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A strong earthquake of 6.5 magnitude struck Papua New Guinea's earthquake-prone New Britain Island on Thursday, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported.

The inland earthquake, just 24km from the city of Kandrian, hit at 7.24 a.m. (local time) on Thursday, but there were no reports of damage, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said.

Geoscience Australia duty seismologist Steven Tatham said the tremor was at 6.5 magnitude and 65km deep.

"It was 65 kilometers deep, that's good from the point of view of keeping damage to a minimum," Tatham told Australian Associated Press (AAP).

"Earthquake activity is quite common in the area and an event of this size perhaps we might talk about several a year occurring," he said.

"We can definitely say that it won't be the last earthquake in the area."

Kandrian is one of the biggest centers on New Britain Island, with a population of about 1,000 people.

There is no tsunami threat to Australian territories and minimum threat to the New Britain coastline, authorities say.

In July 2010, New Britain had an earthquake of 7.3 magnitude, which produced a small tsunami.

Source: Xinhua

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