An earthquake of a magnitude 7.0 hit the eastern part of Papua New Guinea on Friday, according to United States Geological Survey (USGC).
Earlier, the USGC estimated the preliminary magnitude to be 6.9.
The source of the earthquake was located 114 kilometres north of Kokoda, and was 85.5 kilometres deep.
No information on damage or casualties immediately followed.
Prelim M6.9 Earthquake eastern New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea Jul-17 02:50 UTC, updates https://t.co/W1auhhMOjL— USGS Big Quakes (@USGSBigQuakes) July 17, 2020
Papua New Guinea is prone to earthquakes due to its location near the geologically-active area named the Pacific Ring of Fire, where earthquakes and volcano eruptions occur frequently.