12 Dec 2005

Earthquake hits off coast of PNG

7:32 am on 12 December 2005

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 has jolted an area off the north coast of Papua New Guinea .

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said there was no risk of a Pacific-wide tsunami but warned the undersea quake could generate localised destructive tsunamis.

The US Geological Survey, says the quake was located off the coast of the province of New Britain and the tremor occurred overnight.

There were no initial reports of damage in the area.

In July 1998, two undersea quakes measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale created three tsunamis that killed at least two thousand people near the town of Aitape on Papua New Guinea's north coast