BANGKOK – A strong magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit eastern Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, the United States Geological Service reported.
Authorities have not yet announced any civilian or material damage in the affected area, where the nearest population center is Rabaul on the island of New Britain, an archipelago in the Bismark Sea to the east of New Guinea.
The temblor struck around 33 kilometers from Rabaul.
The epicenter was recorded as being 10 kilometers under the Earth’s surface.
Authorities initially issued a tsunami warning for eastern New Guinea and the Solomon islands but lifted it three hours later.
Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern portion of New Guinea, while the western half belongs to Indonesia.
The region, to the north of Australia, is located on the so-called Ring of Fire, an area stretching around the continental shores of the Pacific Ocean from Asia to the Americas which is known for its volatile seismic activity.
Around 7,000 earthquakes are registered in the vast region every year, although most of them are moderate.
Tuesday’s earthquake in eastern Papua New Guinea struck at 10:58 pm local time.