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19 Dec 2018 | 10:36 PM UTC

Papua New Guinea: Shallow 5.7-magnitude earthquake hits New Britain Dec. 20

Papua New Guinea News Alert

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shakes west New Britain on December 20; further aftershocks possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/19/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/21/2018, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Port_Moresby). COUNTRY/REGION New Britain


A shallow 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck western New Britain on the morning (local time) of Thursday, December 20. The quake occurred at 07:37 and was located approximately 36 km (22 mi) east-northeast of Kandrian (West New Britain province) at a depth of 8.7 km (5.4 mi). There are no reports of damage as of 08:00. Some infrastructural damage, including damaged roads, is possible, along with further aftershocks in the coming hours.


Papua New Guinea, including New Britain, is in the active seismic belt called the "Pacific Ring of Fire" and frequently experiences earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis.


Individuals in New Britain are advised to monitor the situation, be prepared for aftershocks, and anticipate infrastructure damage near the epicenter.


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