Papua New Guinea hit by 6.5 earthquake, no tsunami expected

US Geological Survey says the quake struck the South Pacific nation on Monday near New Britain island at a depth of 28 kilometers.

Published: 06th March 2017 05:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th March 2017 05:33 AM   |  A+A-

By Associated Press

CANBERRA: Officials say Papua New Guinea has been shaken by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake but no destructive tsunami is expected.

U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck the South Pacific nation on Monday near New Britain island at a depth of 28 kilometers (17 miles). There are no immediate reports of damage.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Deputy Director Stuart Weinstein says he does not anticipate a destructive tsunami.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where earthquakes and volcanoes are common.

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