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08 Feb 2020 | 07:56 AM UTC

Papua New Guinea: 5.3-magnitude earthquake hits northwest of Finschhafen (Morobe province) February 8

5.3-magnitude earthquake hits northwest of Finschhafen (Morobe province) on February 8; aftershocks possible over the near term



The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.3-magnitude earthquake 79 km (49 mi) northwest of Finschhafen (Morobe province) at approximately 22:48 (local time) on Saturday, February 8. The quake struck at a depth of 60 km (37 mi). There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warnings were immediately issued.

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


Individuals in the affected area 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 an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.