Strong earthquake rocks Papua New Guinea, on Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’
SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake has rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 7.5-magnitude quake struck Tuesday about 90 miles south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea. The earthquake was 6 miles deep.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 186 miles of the epicenter.
[The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, reports no tsunami danger on the U.S. West Coast from the quake.]
Papua New Guinea sits on the Ring of Fire, the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.