As reported at The West Australian
, the quake was centered 103km east Lae
which is the second largest city in the island nation with a population in excess of 72,000 as of 2000.
The temblor was reported by the USGS
as being 6.7 on the Richter
scale and 28.2 - 32.9 miles deep.
The earthquake happened at 8:35
Vancouver, Los Angeles time on Thursday evening.
A spokeswoman for the Morobe Provincial
Government, Jacobeth David stated there ahd been no damage and the quake had hardly been noticed.