A 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook the South Pacific Island nation of Papua New Guinea for several minutes Wednesday, according to reports.

The earthquake was initially rated as a 7.3-magnitude. However the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed it to be a 7.1-magnitude that struck about 90 kilometers southwest of the country's second largest city, Lae. The earthquake's depth was about 115 kilometers.

Reports say damage was minimal and there were no injuries. Also, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami alert.

About 220 kilometers away, reports say that people in the capital of Port Moresby even felt the quake, seeing windows rattling.  

Reports also say that strong earthquakes are relatively common in Papua New Guinea. The country lies on the Ring of Fire, which is an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim.

Stuff.co.uz reports that Wednesday's quake was the first over 7.0-magnitude in Papua New Guinea since 2005, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A 7.0-magnitude quake killed 2,183 people in 1998, an 8.0-magnitude quake killed two people in 2000 and four people were killed when a 7.6-magnitude quake hit the country in 2002.