The US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has lifted a tsunami alert in effect for the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands as of 00:30 (local time) on Wednesday, May 15. Officials indicate the tsunami threat has now passed; there were no immediate reports of hazardous waves along the aforementioned coasts.
According to an updated assessment of the earthquake by the US Geological Survey (USGS), a 7.5-magnitude offshore earthquake struck 45 km (27 mi) northeast of Kokopo (East New Britain province). At least two 5.0-magnitude aftershocks were recorded following the initial earthquake.
Additional aftershocks and associated damages are possible in the region over the coming hours and days.
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit 45 km (27 mi) northeast of Kokopo (East New Britain province) at 22:58 (local time) on May 14 at a depth of 10 km (6 mi).
Individuals in the abovementioned areas are advised to monitor developments, prepare for aftershocks, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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