The epicentre of the quake, which occurred at around 9:10 (UTC), was registered at a depth of 10 kilometres, about 102 kilometres off the coastal town of Laiwui.

Papua New Guinea lies in the 'Ring of Fire', an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, which is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. (

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre' data (EMSC), on the other hand, stated that the latest earthquake measured 6.9 on the Richter scale. The quake hit near Ridgecrest, California, the agency added.

An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck eastern Indonesia, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said on Monday.

The quake occurred at 11.23 am (local time), at a depth of 14 kilometres. The epicentre of the quake was located 178 kilometres east of the town of Tadine, reported Xinhua.

"Prelim M6.0 Earthquake New Ireland region, Papua New Guinea May-17 22:37 UTC," the agency tweeted.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the quake occurred at 2:34 am (local time) and occurred at a depth of 30 km.The JMA said that no tsunami warning was issued.

The earthquake hit 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Panama's coastal and second largest city of David, reported Sputnik.

The quake hit a depth of almost 127 km and took place at 9:19 pm (UTC time). The epicentre of the quake was located 33 kilometres northwest of Bulolo, according to USGS.

Japan's nuclear power plants located in the region affected by the quake have not reported any abnormalities, officials said.