6.6-magnitude Quake Strikes Papua New Guinea



A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea today, the US Geological Survey reported, but a tsunami warning was not issued and no major damage was expected.

“A destructive tsunami was not generated based on earthquake and historical tsunami data,” said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Quakes of such magnitude are common in impoverished PNG, which sits on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.