A strong earthquake with a 6.6 magnitude struck near the coast of Papua New Guinea early Wednesday, but there was no immediate word of a tsunami or property damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey, which put the initial magnitude at 6.3, said the quake struck at 5:18 am Wednesday local time.

The epicenter was 130 kilometers east of Kandrian on the island of New Britain at the depth of 36 kilometers.

No other details were immediately available.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.