The 6.5-magnitude earthquake at 7.24 a.m. local time (2124 GMT Wednesday) was centered about 24 kilometers (14 miles) north-northeast of Kandrian, the capital of Papua New Guinea's Kandrian-Gloucester District on the island of New Britain. It struck about 29 kilometers (18 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The USGS estimated that approximately 34,000 people may have perceived 'strong' shaking, which could potentially result in light to moderate damage. Some 125,000 others may have felt moderate shaking, it said. Read More