April 30, 2015 / 11:01 AM / 2 years ago

Earthquake of magnitude 6.9 strikes off PNG: USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck off Papua New Guinea on Thursday, 154 km south of Rabaul, at a depth of 85 km (53 miles), the United States Geological Survey reported.

There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

Rabaul, a town on East New Britain Island, lies in the shadow of Mount Tavurvur, an active volcano. Rabaul was destroyed in 1994 during a severe eruption.

Reporting by Clarence Fernandez; Editing by Nick Macfie

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