Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Ring of Fire is full of volcanic activity!

A strong earthquake was recorded off Papua New Guinea at 9:25 a.m. local time (2325 GMT), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said on Tuesday.There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties after the magnitude 6.5 earthquake, whose epicentre was under the sea 577 km (358 miles) northeast of Port Moresby.

The USGS described the quake as "strong" on its website
( hp)but said no tsunami warning had been issued.

"No destructive Pacific-wide Tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data," it said.The area of the quake is in the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a seismically active area with frequent earthquakes and volcanos.

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