An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale has hit Papua New Guinea, but officials say it didn’t trigger a tsunami.
Residents of Hawaii were tense after the quake, as the threat of tsunami affects them as well; however, no reports of strong waves have come in. The earthquake occurred just after one p.m. on Tuesday.
“Damage would be more likely in coastal areas of New Ireland,” Seismologist John Bathgate from Geoscience Australia said. “It would certainly have given the area a good shake but Rabaul is on the edge of our damage radius.”
A slightly larger quake hit Papua New Guinea just last week, but no major damage or injuries were reported.