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26 Dec 2019 | 05:34 AM UTC

Papua New Guinea: 5.2-magnitude earthquake strikes near Kimbe December 26

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake east of Kimbe (West New Britain Province) December 26; no tsunami warning immediately issued



The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.2-magnitude earthquake around 78 km (48.5 mi) east of Kimbe (West New Britain Province) on Thursday, December 26. The quake hit at around 19:24 (local time) at a depth of 122 km (76 mi). No tsunami warning was immediately issued

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


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.