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Strong earthquake hits remote area of Papua New Guinea

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The earthquake hit early Monday
  • It had a 6.3 magnitude

(CNN) -- A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck a remote area of Papua New Guinea early Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake hit near the province of West New Britain at 1:09 a.m. Monday, some 435 kilometers (270 miles) northeast of Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, the USGS said.

The quake's center was 192 kilometers (119 miles) deep.