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25 Apr 2020 | 05:05 AM UTC

Papua New Guinea: 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Bougainville Island April 25

Papua New Guinea News Alert

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast to the west of Bougainville Island on April 25; no immediate reports of damages

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/27/2020, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Port_Moresby). COUNTRY/REGION Bougainville Island


The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 6.3-magnitude earthquake off the coast to the west of Bougainville Island on Saturday, April 25. According to initial reports, the quake struck at 13:53 (local time) approximately 132km (82 mi) west of Panguna at a depth of 16.9km (10.5 mi). There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant material damage, and no tsunami warnings were immediately issued.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected areas over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the affected areas 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 windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.


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