6.8-magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea; no tsunami warning

An earthquake has hit Papua New Guinea. Image" UPI

RABAUL, Papua New Guinea, Oct. 12 (UPI) — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck New Britain island off the coast of mainland Papua New Guinea Wednesday.

The Pacific island nation, north of Australia, is a common site for earthquakes. Wednesday’s quake was not followed by a tsunami warning, and no reports of injuries or damage were immediately available.

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The earthquake was centered near the township of Rabaul, on the north side of the island.

The United States Geological Survey reported the earthquake struck at a depth of 13 miles.

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