ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE HITS PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 7, 2000 – Radio Australia)---An earthquake measuring between 6.2 and 6.6 on the Richter scale hit Papua New Guinea Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The Australian Geological Survey Organization reported that the quake hit about 70 kilometers (42 miles) northeast of Rabaul in New Britain province.

The Agence France-Presse news agency quoted officials in Rabaul as saying they had received reports of landslides.

Last month, the same region was hit by three bigger quakes.

A seismologist said the latest quake was too small for a tsumani alert to be issued.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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