Magnitude 6.6 quake hits Papua New Guinea town: USGS

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 9:34 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A strong quake of magnitude 6.6 struck the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Wednesday.

The epicenter of the quake, which was fairly shallow at a depth of 26.8 miles, was only 17 miles north-northeast of the town of Kandrian. It struck at 7:24 a.m. on Thursday (4:24 p.m. ET on Wednesday), the USGS said.

(Reporting by Sandra Maler, Editing by Eric Walsh)