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Major quake shakes Papua New Guinea; no tsunami threat to Hawaii

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U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY           A major earthquake struck Papua New Guinea early Sunday morning. No tsunami threat was issued for Hawaii

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 7.5 magnitude quake was centered about 90 kilometers south of Porgera, in Enga province.

A powerful quake rattled forest villages and a large gold mine in central Papua New Guinea early on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

He said social media posts reported blackouts and damage to buildings at Porgera, although he was not aware of any injuries.

Its depth was around 35 kilometres (22 miles), USGS said.

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Many people in the region lead subsistence lifestyles, and homes constructed with local materials would likely hold up fairly well, McKee said.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre showed that there was no threat of a tsunami for Australia.

Papua New Guinea lies on the Ring of Fire, a notoriously seismic zone across the northern, eastern and western boundaries of the Pacific ocean.

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