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Quake shakes Papua New Guinea; no Pacific-wide tsunami generated

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:12 p.m. HST, Mar 9, 2011

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake shook Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific but did not cause a Pacific-wide tsunami, officials said today.

The quake, which was centered 17 miles north-northeast of Kandrian, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, struck about 7:24 a.m. Thursday local time (11:24 a.m. today Hawaii time), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

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