Magnitude 6.6 earthquake occurred off the coast of Papua — New Guinea

 Earthquake of magnitude 6.6 occurred on Sunday night off the coast of the island of New Ireland in the Pacific, owned Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

According to seismologists, the tremors were recorded on Sunday at 06:04 local time (00:04 MSK). The epicenter of the earthquake was located 124 kilometers southeast of the town of Rabaul, which is located on the neighboring island of New Britain. Hearth lies at a depth 67 kilometers.

No casualties or damage were reported.

Papua New Guinea is part of the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire" (powerful tectonic fault), characterized by high seismic activity.

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