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M6.8 earthquake strikes off the coast of Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Friday off the east coast of one of Papua New Guinea's islands in the south western Pacific, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

    The earthquake occurred at 3:39 a.m., local time, 15.2 kilometers beneath the surface, and roughly 20 km east northeast of Taron in the country's New Island province.

    The earthquake comes almost two weeks after Papua New Guinea experienced a large, magnitude 7.5 earthquake, with the country's Southern Highland and Hela provinces most heavily affected.

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has not issued a tsunami warning.


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