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6.3 magnitude earthquake hits PNG

A major earthquake shook Papua New Guinea late yesterday afternoon. Officials say it is too early to say if there had been damage or injuries. The quake struck 70km northeast of Lae, according to the US Geological Survey. The epicentre was 56km below the surface. Lae has a population of 120,000.

Source: Agence France-Presse. Thanks to Paul Oates


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Peter Kranz

There have been earthquakes today in Vanuatu and Japan. It is very sad that lives have been lost and homes destroyed.

But on a lighter note, I remember experiencing my first earthquake in Rabaul. It was late at night and I was asleep and dreaming. The bed started shaking.

I called out "Rose, get off me!" then realised she was back in Port Moresby. The whole room was shaking and I could hardly walk in a straight line.

I eventually managed to crawl outside when a Hotel worker was walking past. He laughed. "Don't worry sir, this is just a small one."

Not sure whether Rose or Tavurvur serve the greatest shakes.

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