Strong earthquakes strike Papua New Guinea and Bali

The quake which hit at 9.24am was centred 124 kilometres east of Kimbe at a depth of 39.5km

Tsunami waves were forecast to be less than 0.3 meters (one foot) high for the coasts of PNG and Solomon Islands, it said, adding that wave amplitudes could vary between regions.

No reports of damage or injuries have emerged.

The epicenter was 125 kilometers (78 miles) east of the town of Kimbe on the island of New Britain, according to the United States Geological Survey, which said it struck at a depth of around 40 km.

No reports of damage or injuries have surfaced from the quake.

Constable Roy Michael said by phone from Rabaul police station: 'We felt the quake a bit, but it was not too strong'.

He said there was no damage in the town, but officers had not yet been able to contact villages closer to the epicentre.

A magnitude 7.0 natural disaster has hit Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Service reports.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no longer a threat of tsunami waves after the quake.

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In March, a magnitude-6.6 quake struck nearby but no casualties or damage was reported.

New Zealand's Civil Defence said there was no significant tsunami risk to the country.

The strong quake was felt in Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali, where panicked people fled from buildings.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

The quake was later downgraded to magnitude 6.3.

Indonesia's disaster agency says the September 28 disaster that hit Sulawesi Island has killed 2045 people.

A major quake struck the coast of Papua New Guinea this morning.

Some tourists and residents ducked outdoors as a precaution but then went back to sleep when there was no tsunami warning.

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