World: Strong earthquake rocks Papua New Guinea

A STRONG earthquake has struck the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami alert has been issued.

The US Geological Survey says the magnitude-7.3 quake struck 54 miles south-west of Lae, on the country’s northern coast.

The quake hit at a depth of 71 miles.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did not issue a tsunami alert.

People inside the country’s parliament building in the capital of Port Moresby saw windows rattling during the quake, but there was no apparent damage.

Strong earthquakes are relatively common in Papua New Guinea. The country lies on the “Ring of Fire” - an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim.