6.8-magnitude earthquake shakes Papua New Guinea, no tsunami expected

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake has been recorded in Papua New Guinea, but no tsunami was expected.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake Thursday night was on the island of New Britain in the Pacific.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake posed no tsunami threat. It also said the epicenter was 43 kilometers (27 miles) deep. Shallower quakes typically cause more damage.

The quake occurred about 130 kilometers from the city of Kokopo and 670 kilometers from Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Ring of Fire, the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean, and earthquakes are common.