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A strong magnitude 6.9 earthquake has struck off the cost of Papua New Guinea's New Britain island, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says. Hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coastlines. The quake struck at a shallow depth of 10km (six miles), around 162km from the town of Rabaul, on New Britain island. It hit near the coast at around 07:25 on Friday (21:25 GMT on Thursday). There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Dellie Minding, a receptionist at the Rabaul Hotel in the east of New Britain, told Reuters news agency the earthquake had been felt, with many guests running outside, but there had been no damage.
Nearly two weeks after a powerful earthquake hit Papua New Guinea (PNG), officials still do not know what the situation is in the remote worst-affected areas. There are fears traditional life in this remote region could have been changed forever, writes Anna Jones. "The landslides are massive," says Karen Allen, an aid worker with Unicef in PNG. "There's nothing left of whole mountainsides where there used to be villages. There's been a massive outpouring of grief, shock and and fear, on top of the injuries and hunger." Earthquakes happen a lot in the Pacific, home to the ever-active Ring of Fire, and news coverage of them tends to follow a familiar pattern.