Papua New Guinea hit by 6.5 magnitude earthquake

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea was shaken today by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake but no destructive tsunami was expected, officials said.

The quake struck the South Pacific nation near New Britain island at a depth of 17 miles, U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where earthquakes and volcanoes are common.