No immediate reports of damages or injuries are known in Papua New Guinea, where a 6.5-magnitude earthquake has rocked an island.
The quake center was:
9 km (24 mi) E of Namatanai, Papua New Guinea
93 km (57 mi) NE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
253 km (156 mi) ESE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
358 km (221 mi) NE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
888 km (550 mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
The earthquake was record at 1:22 pm in the New Ireland area, east of Rabaul.
It would have been felt by people up to 757 kilometres away and would have caused damage of up to 60 kilometres away, according to Geoscience Australia.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there is not threat of a tsunami.