An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked Papua New Guinea, killing at least one person and damaging a major highway and seawall, prompting officials to seek residents to evacuate a nearby village.
The quake — which was reported late Saturday and could be felt more than 200 miles away — struck offshore, and its magnitude was revised upward by the U.S. Geological Survey to 6.2. It was located 170 miles northeast of the New Ireland Island nation's Papua New Guinea province in the South Pacific, the agency said.
Deadly earthquakes are fairly common in Papua New Guinea, which is located just 5,000 miles from the California coast and has an extremely active quakes-prone location. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded more than 120 quakes of magnitude 4.5 or greater in 2018.
Indonesia's Gendarmes Aceh, the Indonesian unit of the U.S. Coast Guard, also reported a report of one person dead, but the cause was not clear. The tsunami warning was canceled as of about 11 p.m. EST, Indonesia's meteorological and geophysics agency said.
"The situation is now under control," said Balok Hilleman, head of the crisis center at the agency. "There were some casualties of material damage to houses and houses collapse, but so far there have been no casualties."
Papua New Guinea has a population of some 6 million people, although most live along the mountainous interior. The nation is surrounded by the Pacific Basin on three sides, and earthquakes and tsunamis are common there.
Video uploaded to social media appeared to show a fire in Bamie, a provincial capital some 160 miles northwest of the quake's epicenter, and the flattened town's main hospital.
Officials were asking residents to evacuate Kokopo, a village of some 8,500 people, about 100 miles north of Bamie, for their safety. There was no word on whether people had left the village.
"We've no idea whether there are casualties and damages because the quake has taken several hours to reach us," said Bini Waini, the provincial disaster coordinator. "We are asking people to move to higher ground because there is a tsunami warning."
The Papua New Guinea capital, Port Moresby, about 400 miles north of the quake's epicenter, received light to moderate shaking, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Papua New Guinea's seismology agency warned people to evacuate low-lying areas, saying it had recorded three "very strong" quakes.
"Do not lie on your backs in your houses; stay on your beds as soon as you are able," the agency warned in a statement.
The most recent major earthquake to hit the country was a magnitude 7.5 earthquake on Nov. 5, 2009, which killed more than 1,300 people and left hundreds more unaccounted for. The city of Mount Hagen, home to a popular dive spot, was completely destroyed.
Fifteen years ago, a magnitude 9.1 quake centered just west of Bamie unleashed a tsunami that destroyed most of the hard-hit coastal city.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.