Papua New Guinea hit by 7.7 magnitude quake

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Papua New Guinea hit by 7.7 magnitude quake

US seismologists said a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea Monday. Experts warned of “hazardous” tsunami as they confirmed the possibility of a local tsunami. Based on the magnitude of the quake, it was likely to be on the lower end of the scale. Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea, which sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

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