April 14, 2013 / 1:56 AM / 6 years ago

Quake strikes off Papua New Guinea, no damage reported

PERTH (Reuters) - A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck 46 miles (74 km) west of Bougainville island in Papua New Guinea on Sunday but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake, originally registered at 6.7 magnitude, was 40 miles deep.

“Although anything at less than 100 km (62 miles) depth is considered shallow, we’re not expecting anything major from this,” said David Jepsen, senior seismologist at Geoscience Australia.

“It’s nothing like the quake we had there in February.”

A 7.9 magnitude quake struck the neighbouring Solomon Islands archipelago in early February, triggering a tsunami that killed at least five people and prompting evacuations across the South Pacific.

The Solomons, perched on the geologically active “Pacific Ring of Fire”, were hit by a devastating tsunami following an 8.1 magnitude quake in 2007. At least 50 people were killed then and dozens left missing and more than 13 villages destroyed.

Writing by Morag MacKinnon; Editing by Nick Macfie

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