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07 May 2019 | 02:06 AM UTC

Papua New Guinea: Minor damages following 7.2-earthquake May 7 /update 1

Papua New Guinea News Alert

7.2-magnitude earthquake in Morobe province causes power outages and minor damages in Bulolo and Lae; aftershocks possible in the coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/7/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/10/2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Port_Moresby). COUNTRY/REGION Morobe province

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Event

Some power outages and minor damages have been reported in the cities of Bulol and Lae in Morobe province on the morning (local time) of Tuesday, May 7, following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. Residents in both cities reported items being knocked off shelves and power cuts, but there have been no reports of significant structural damage as of 12:00. The National Disaster Management office said that it may take some time for information to be received from the more isolated areas.

Further aftershocks and associated damages are possible in the coming hours and days.

Context

The earthquake hit 33 km (20 mi) northwest of Bulolo (Morobe province) at 07:19 on Tuesday morning; no tsunami warning was issued by the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC).

Advice

Individuals in Morobe province are advised to be prepared for aftershocks, anticipate transportation, telecommunication, and power disruptions, and to adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. road closures, evacuation notices). In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves from falling debris if indoors, to move away from windows, and not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

 

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