A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea in the Admiralty Islands area early Tuesday (Jul 26), US geologists said, but no destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was expected.
The offshore quake hit at 5.38am (3.38 Singapore time) and occurred 128 kilometres southeast of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The epicentre was at a depth of 6.6 kilometres. No damage or injuries were immediately reported. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no threat of a widespread tsunami.
Quakes are common for the island nation that lies on the 4,000-kilometre-long Pacific Australia plate, which forms part of the "Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.