14 Oct 2011

Strong quake rattles Papua New Guinea

5:58 pm on 14 October 2011

A strong earthquake has struck near a major town in the Pacific state of Papua New Guinea but does not appear to have caused significant damage, officials say.

The magnitude 6.7 quake occurred 100km east of Lae, the country's second largest town, on Friday at a depth of 45km.

The Morobe provincial government says the quake was barely noticed and did not cause any damage.

Police in Lae and hotel receptionists also say there have been no reports of damage or sea level changes.

No tsunami warning has been issued.