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Friday, 30 March 2018 - 10:39
Powerful earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea
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An earthquake has struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea.
 
It was measured at a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale.
 
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) issued a warning and forecast hazardous waves from the coast.
 
The quake, which was very shallow below the seabed and close to the coast, struck at 07:25 am today (21:25 GMT on Thursday) and was centred 100 miles southwest of Rabaul, a township in East New Britain province.
 
Australian authorities said there was no threat to their coastline from the quake, which was initially reported as a magnitude 7.2.
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