Earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake has struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea, and a tsunami threat has been issued to areas near the epicentre.

The US Geological Survey says the magnitude-7.9 quake struck 46 kilometres (29 miles) east of Taron in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was a threat of a tsunami in Papua New Guinea and nearby areas.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Ring of Fire, the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.