3 Dec 2010

6.7 Quake hits PNG

9:40 am on 3 December 2010

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake has struck the New Britain Region of Papua New Guinea.

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck at a depth of 34.8 kilometres, 40 kms east of Kandrian in New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Seismologists on the ground in PNG say the quake had been felt strongly in both Kandrian and nearby Kimbe, but there were no immediate reports of destruction in the area.

They could not rule out some damage in villages close to the epicentre.