Powerful earthquake measuring 6.9 magnitude strikes off Papua New Guinea

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A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued with little damage expected due to the remote location.

The tremor was estimated at a depth of 35 kilometres on New Britain island, 418 kilometres northeast of the capital Port Moresby, the United States Geological Survey said.

It lies on the 4,000-kilometre Pacific-Australia plate, which forms part of the "Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

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