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07 Jan 2020 | 02:36 PM UTC

Papua New Guinea: 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes New Britain January 8

6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes New Britain January 8; aftershocks possible over the coming hours and days

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Event

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck some 131 km (81 mi) east-northeast of Kimbe (New Britain) on the morning (local time) of Wednesday, January 8. No casualties or material damages were immediately reported and no tsunami warning was immediately issued.

Aftershocks are possible in the region over the near term.  

Advice

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.