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31 May 2019 | 07:09 PM UTC

Papua New Guinea: 5.5-magnitude earthquake strikes off New Britain June 1

Papua New Guinea News Alert

5.5-magnitude earthquake strikes off New Britain island June 1; further aftershocks possible in coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/31/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/1/2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Port_Moresby). COUNTRY/REGION New Britain


The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.5-magnitude earthquake off of Papua New Guinea's New Britain island on Saturday, June 1, at approximately 04:50 (local time). The quake struck approximately 112 km (70 mi) southwest of Kokopo (East New Britain province) at a depth of 24 km (15 mi). No tsunami advisory was issued as of 05:00. Details regarding possible damage have not been reported. Further aftershocks and associated damage are possible in the coming hours and days.


Individuals in New Britain are advised to anticipate aftershocks and associated damage and disruptions to infrastructure, transportation, and power.

In the event of further earthquakes and aftershocks, individuals should protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls (ideally in a corner), and to 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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