25 Jul 2011

Big tremor in PNG's New Ireland

4:07 pm on 25 July 2011

Papua New Guinea was rattled by a powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake this morning but seismologists say the tremor was unlikely to have caused major damage in the remote area.

Geoscience Australia says the quake occurred at a depth of 39 kilometres in the New Ireland region.

Seismologist Hugh Glanville says there would have been plenty of shaking there and there could have been some damage pretty close by, but the islands are sparsely populated.

The United States Geological Survey put the quake at 6.2 magnitude and said it struck about 201km northwest of Rabaul.