(Corrects quake magnitude in headline)
WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck near New Guinea on Monday, the U.S. Geologicial Survey said.
The moderate strength quake, which hit at 1210 GMT, was centered 51 miles (82 km) east of Wewak, New Guinea, the USGS said, at fairly shallow depth of 21.7 miles (35km).
There was no threat of a destructive tsunami resulting from the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
(World Desk Americas)