Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Strikes off the Coast of Papua New Guinea; Tsunami Alert Issued

On Monday morning local time (Sunday night in the U.S.) , a 7.5 magnitude earthquake stuck 34 miles southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake’s magnitude as a 7.7 with a depth of 25 miles. Shortly after the earthquake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a potential tsunami threat of dangerous waves possible within a span of 621 miles along the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. However, this threat has since past since the earthquake hit on Monday. A Papua New Guinea’s National Disaster Center official said there have been no damage or injuries reported in result of the earthquake. However, after the initial tremor 13 aftershocks have been reported in the nearby areas, ranging from 4.6 to 5.7 in magnitude.

 

(Kokopo is located south east of Rabaul, New Britian on map)th

 

 

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  1. Great post! I found a video that was helpful in visualizing the earthquake and where the island lay in terms of fault lines here: https://youtu.be/9KA9TPgO0lg I was interested to know also how this area would have prepared for such a hazard as it is such a diversely populated area, specifically by various tribal and indigenous peoples. Since this is an independent nation with little international presence I would be interested to know what national aid would look like, had this hazard become a disaster. Thanks for the post!

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