The bigger quake, at a depth of about 235 miles, was about 68 miles northwest of New Ireland, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The 6.8-magnitude quake occurred about 2 hours later near Kandrian in West New Britain. It was about 38 miles deep.
Radio New Zealand didn't report any damage or injuries from either quake.
A tsunami warning was not issued.
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