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PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER
This map generated by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center shows the location of a magnitude 6.8 earthquake in New Guinea.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand >> A 6.8-magnitude earthquake has been recorded in Papua New Guinea, but no tsunami was expected.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake Thursday night was on the island of New Britain in the Pacific. There were no reports of damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake posed no tsunami threat. It also said the epicenter was 27 miles deep. Shallower quakes typically have more damage potential.

The quake occurred about 81 miles south-southwest of the city of Kokopo and 419 miles northeast of Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Ring of Fire, the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.

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