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Powerful 7.3 quake hits off Papua New Guinea

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A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea today, US officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami
MANAGUA earthquakeSydney: A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea today, US officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was sounded.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at a depth of 54 kilometres at around the same distance from the town of Panguna on Bougainville island.

Geoscience Australia measured the quake at 7.4 magnitude and said the tremor, which hit close to the neighbouring Solomon Islands, was estimated to be in the “shallow” range.

“They would have gotten a strong shake across the island, and there’s the possibility of some damage,” David Jepsen from Geoscience Australian told AFP.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center ruled out the threat of a destructive tsunami but Jepsen cautioned that there was a “possibility of a local tsunami”.

Injuries as strong quake hits Nicaragua

Managua: A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nicaragua close to several cities, including the capital, injuring 14 people and damaging dozens of houses.

The strong quake yesterday struck at 5:27 pm local time (0457 IST Friday) at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), according to the US Geological Survey.

The epicentre was 18 kilometres from Larreynaga and 50 kilometres north of the capital Managua, USGS said.

Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said 14 people were injured and 89 homes damaged.

Nagarote, a town on Lake Managua 30 kilometres from the epicentre, was hardest-hit, officials said, while people fled their homes in panic in several towns and cities including in the capital.

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