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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