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A strong earthquake, preliminary magnitude 6.5 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred in the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea, at 7:02 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 13 (9:02 a.m. May 14 local time). The epicenter was about 75 miles (120 km) south-southwest of Rabaul, on the northeast tip of the island.