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Strong Earthquake Rocks Papua New Guinean Island No Reports Of Injuries, Damage From 7.8 Jolt, 7.2 Aftershock

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 struck Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, Japan’s Central Meteorological Agency said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

An aftershock with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 rocked the same region Thursday, the agency said.

The first quake was centered at a depth of about 18-1/2 miles in the Solomon Sea, some 35 miles north of Sohano, a town on the island of Bougainville. It occurred at 7:35 p.m. (6:35 a.m. EDT), the agency said.

The second quake struck at 8:18 a.m. Thursday, it said.

Smaller aftershocks also jolted the area. An agency official said there was no danger of tsunamis, seismic waves caused by undersea disturbances such as earthquakes or volcanic activity.

A magnitude 7.8 quake is capable of causing widespread damage in populated areas.

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Police: Man killed deputy, stole his car and robbed store

new  NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine – A gunman in Maine killed a sheriff’s deputy, stole his cruiser and robbed a convenience store early Wednesday, triggering an intensive manhunt in a heavily wooded rural town, officials said. Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole was killed around 1:45 a.m. on U.S. Route 2 in Norridgewock, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of Bangor, state police said. His cruiser was driven to a Cumberland Farms store, which was robbed.