Massive 5.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Papua New Guinea

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A MASSIVE magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck the coast of Papua New Guinea just after 2pm.

The earthquake occurred 76km west of Panguna, a town and copper mine on Bougainville Island.

Papua New Guinea lies on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire – an area in the Pacific Ocean heavily subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

90 percent of all seismic activity occurs in this region.




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