Papua New Guinea Earthquake
6.9 magnitude Earthquake hits Papua New GuineaUSGS

A massive earthquake measuring 6.9 magnitude struck off the coast of New Britain in Papua New Guinea on Monday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Reports state that the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has not issued any tsunami warning in the area yet. The epicentre of the earthquake was reported 35 km deep in the sea between New Britain island and Papua New Guinea's north coast, the USGS said.

There have been no reports of immediate casualties in the area. The quake was reported days after another quake was measure in the same region of magnitude 6.4.

Papua New Guinea falls on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", it is a volcanic active region which witnesses frequent earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

Two undersea earthquakes in the region measuring 7.0 magnitude created three tsunamis which resulted in the loss of at least 2,100 lives from the surrounding town of Aitape.