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14 May 2019 | 01:23 PM UTC

Papua New Guinea: 7.7-earthquake hits Kokopo (East New Britain province) May 14

Papua New Guinea News Alert

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea in East New Britain province on May 14; infrastructure damage and associated disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/15/2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Port_Moresby). COUNTRY/REGION New Britain province

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A 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit 28 km (17 mi) northeast of Kokopo (East New Britain province) on Tuesday, May 14. Early reviews of the earthquake indicate there is no threat of a tsunami.

Initial damage reports were not available as of 23:00 (local time); however power, telecommunication, and transportation disruptions are possible. Further aftershocks and associated damages are possible in the coming hours and days.


Individuals in East New Britain 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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