| GEO World|
| Magnitude 7 quake hits off Papua New Guinea|
| Updated at: 2040 PST, Tuesday, June 23, 2009|
WASHINGTON: A magnitude 7.0 quake hit off Papua New Guinea's island of New Britain, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Tuesday.
A magnitude 7 quake can trigger a tsunami but there were noimmediate warnings triggered.
The quake, relatively shallow at a depth of 44.7 miles (72km), struck at 12:19 a.m. local time on Wednesday (1429 GMT on Tuesday), 126 miles (203 km) southeast of Rabaul on New Britain.