Sydney: A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said.
       
The quake hit the remote New Ireland region at 7:56 pm local time at a depth of 70 kilometres, 128 kilometres from Rabaul, New Britain, and 850 kilometres from the capital Port Moresby.
       
Strong earthquakes are common in impoverished PNG, which sits on the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.
       
A giant tsunami in 1998 killed more than 2,000 people near Aitape, on the country's northwest coast.

(Agencies)

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