Some power outages and minor damages have been reported in the cities of Bulol and Lae in Morobe province on the morning (local time) of Tuesday, May 7, following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. Residents in both cities reported items being knocked off shelves and power cuts, but there have been no reports of significant structural damage as of 12:00. The National Disaster Management office said that it may take some time for information to be received from the more isolated areas.
Further aftershocks and associated damages are possible in the coming hours and days.
The earthquake hit 33 km (20 mi) northwest of Bulolo (Morobe province) at 07:19 on Tuesday morning; no tsunami warning was issued by the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC).
Individuals in Morobe province are advised to be prepared for aftershocks, anticipate transportation, telecommunication, and power disruptions, and to adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. road closures, evacuation notices). In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves from falling debris if indoors, to move away from windows, and 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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