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Sydney (AFP) - A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea Monday, US seismologists said, with "hazardous" tsunami waves possible within 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) of the epicentre.
Japan's factory production in February fell by a worse-than-expected 3.4 percent month-on-month, turning down from a solid rise in January, according to official data released on Monday. The latest figures from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry missed economists' median forecast of a drop of less than two percent and reversed a revised 3.7 percent rise seen in January. "Industrial production shows signs of increase at a moderate pace," it said in the February report, using the same phrase for January.