PORT MORESBY     -    An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 struck eastern Papua New Guinea on Sunday killing at least five people, injuring oth­ers and damaging property and essential infrastructure. The quake hit about 67 km east of Kainantu and 80 kms north-west of Lae in the east­ern PNG region, at about 9:45 am local time (2345 GMT Sat­urday), but was felt some 500 km (310 miles) away in the capital of Port Moresby. The full extent of damage was not immediately clear as the loca­tion of the earthquake was re­mote. Earthquakes are com­mon in PNG, which sits on the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire”, a hotspot for seismic activi­ty due to friction between tec­tonic plates. While the govern­ment gave no death toll, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Asia and