This was reported by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center.

The earthquake occurred at 18:57 UTC (21:57 Moscow time).

The source lay at a depth of 60 km.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located 88 km northeast of the city of Lae, which is home to 76 thousand people.

Earlier it became known that an earthquake of magnitude 5.6 occurred in the northeast of Japan off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture.