A powerful 6 point 3 magnitude earthquake struck the highlands of Papua New Guinea today. The quake was 82 kms southwest of Porgera in Enga province and 47 kms deep, said the USGS. Earlier European quake monitor EMSC reported it at 6.5 magnitude and only two kms deep, but later scaled it down.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injury. Quakes are common in Papua New Guinea, which sits on the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire”, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.