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Papua New Guinea Quake Wrecks Homes July 23, 2010
Quake Map of Papua New Guinea
A powerful quake centered on Papua New Guinea’s New Britain Island cracked several buildings and caused others to topple late Sunday evening.

There were no reports of significant injuries due to the 6.9 magnitude quake, which also prompted a brief regional tsunami alert.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor struck at 11:04 p.m. local time about 45 miles south-southeast of the New Britain town of Kimbe at a depth of 35 miles.

Guests at the Kimbe Bay Hotel told Radio New Zealand that the brick hotel sustained cracks throughout it, and the shaking was quite violent.

A 6.3 magnitude aftershock struck the same area just before dawn on Wednesday.

There were no immediate reports of additional damage or any injuries.