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29 Oct 2019 | 10:17 AM UTC

Papua New Guinea: 5.8-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Bougainville Island October 29

Papua New Guinea News Alert

5.8-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Bougainville Island October 29; no tsunami warning issued

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/29/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Port_Moresby). COUNTRY/REGION Bougainville Island


The US Geological Survey recorded a 5.8-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Bougainville Island on Tuesday, October 29, at approximately 18:44 (local time). The earthquake struck 74 km (46 mi) west of Panguna at a depth of 69 km (43 mi). No tsunami warning has been issued. Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the region are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

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 the 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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