17 Apr 2012

Magnitude 7 quake off PNG's north coast

8:43 pm on 17 April 2012

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the north coast of Papua New Guinea around 5pm local time.

The US Geological Survey reports that the quake struck at a depth of 202 kilometres and was centred 137 km north of Lae.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was expected.