Published October 16, 2013
Around 10:30 UTC Wednesday, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook just 40 miles west-southwest of Panguna, Papua New Guinea.
As of 7 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, no deaths or damages have been reported.
The quake occurred 36.2 miles below the surface. Papua New Guinea sits along the Australia-Pacific plate boundary, which stretches through Indonesia and around Australia. According to the USGS, there have been 22 earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.5 or higher in the region since 1900.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center does not have any advisories out at this time.