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01 Oct 2020 | 11:13 AM UTC

Papua New Guinea: 6-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Kandrian (West New Britain province) October 1

Papua New Guinea News Alert

6-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Kandrian (West New Britain province) on October 1; no tsunami warning immediately issued

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/3/2020, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Port_Moresby). COUNTRY/REGION Kandrian, West New Britain, West New Britain province

Event

The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 6-magnitude earthquake that struck some 99km (61mi) west off the coast of Kandrian (West New Britain province) on Thursday, October 1. The quake struck at 20:34 (local time) at a depth of 109km (67mi). There have been no immediate reports of casualties or infrastructural damage and no tsunami warnings have been issued.

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

Advice

Those 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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