11 Mar 2013

Earthquakes strike off northern PNG

1:08 pm on 11 March 2013

The Northern Coast of Papua New Guinea has been struck by two major earthquakes today.

No damage has been reported so far and there is no threat of a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey says the first quake, a magnitude 5.5, struck 135 kilometres southwest of Kokopo, the East New Britain provincial capital, in the night.

A 6.7 magnitude one later struck 150 kilometres east of Lae at a depth of 87 kilometres.

Dulcie Logo, from the Kokopo Village Resort, says the earthquake was very short and sharp.

"It didn't do any damage, it just shook the place and everybody was awakened by the shake."

Dulcie Logo.