Strong quake strikes near Papua New Guinea, tsunami possible

A strong earthquake has struck near Papua New Guinea

CANBERRA, Australia —
A strong earthquake has struck near coastal Papua New Guinea.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a hazardous tsunami is possible within 300 kilometers of the epicenter, which would include eastern coastal areas of the country.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.9 magnitude quake struck Friday north of Kokoda, Papua New Guinea, and was 85 kilometers deep. The tsunami warning center said the magnitude was a stronger 7.3.