SYDNEY – A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck the island of New Britain in northeastern Papua New Guinea at 8:47 am Monday, but no tsunami alerts or casualties are reported.
The US Geological Survey (USGS), which monitors seismic activities around the world, located the hypocenter at 28 kilometers (17.5 miles) deep.
The earthquake hit 33 km (20.6 mi.) northwest of Kandrian in southeastern New Britain and 451 km (282 mi.) northeast of Port Moresby, the capital of the country.
Papua New Guinea is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a zone known for frequent seismic and volcanic activities, most of which are of a moderate level.
A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck in the Bismarck Sea in eastern Papua New Guinea in 1998, causing a large tsunami that killed more than 2,200 people and destroyed dozens of villages.