Earthquake Strikes off Papua New Guinea Coast

BOUGAINVILLE ISLAND, Papua New Guinea, Feb. 1 (UPI) — A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday 29 miles under the sea of the west coast of Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea, authorities said.

The quake, whose epicenter was 78 miles west of Arawa, was reported at 8:28 a.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

There was no immediate word of damage or casualties. The Australian said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii did not immediately issue an immediate alert.

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