M 6.9 in Papua New Guinea on 29 Mar 2018 21:25 UTC

Event summary

This earthquake is expected to have a medium humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Earthquake Magnitude: 6.9M
Depth: 35 Km
Lat/Lon: -5.4748 , 151.442
Event Date: 29 Mar 2018 21:25 UTC
Exposed Population: About 82000 people within 100km
Source: NEIC us1000db40
Inserted at: 29 Mar 2018 21:57 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score: 7.6 (Papua New Guinea)

GDACS Score

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  Earthquake
(Shakemap)
Tsunami GDACS score
NEIC 1.2 0.1 1.3
us1000db40 Scaled population 3 Max wave scenario 0.23m  
  C1 shakemap -0.59 Max wave realtime 0.13m  
  C2 shakemap 0.53      
  Country Vulnerability 0      
  INFORM_normalised 1.3      
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMMI*Population**Tsunami risk***Delay (hh:mm)Source
1204817 0.7 29 Mar 2018 21:25 6.8M, 58km N/A 70 thousand 0.1m (at 00:37) 00:06 GEOFON
1204818 1.5 29 Mar 2018 21:25 7.2M, 10km N/A 70 thousand 0.6m (at 00:16) 00:07 PTWC
1204819 1.6 29 Mar 2018 21:25 7.2M, 10km N/A 70 thousand 0.6m (at 00:16) 00:08 NTWC    
1204826 1.1 29 Mar 2018 21:25 6.9M, 10km 7.54 80 thousand 0.2m (at 01:48) 00:20 NEIC
1204829 1.2 29 Mar 2018 21:25 6.9M, 35km 7.46 80 thousand 0.1m (at 00:37) 00:31 NEIC
The episode that generated the alert; the next major evaluations beyond 12 hours will not trigger additional alerts.
* The max MMI detected for sources having shakemaps;
** The population detected in MMI>=7 for episode with shakemap or in a 100km radius;
*** The tsunami max height.

Exposed population

The earthquake happened in Papua New Guinea , Province of East New Britain (population 170,000) . The nearest places are Galowe, Mara, Marmar, Parol, West Baien, Malakua, Pomio, Olaipun, Sali, Irena, and Pita.

Radius Population
100 km 82000 people
75 km 59000 people
50 km 31000 people
20 km 6500 people
10 km 1300 people
5 km <1000 people
2 km no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
East New Britain Papua New Guinea 170000 people
West New Britain Papua New Guinea 130000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Galowe East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 6 km
Mara East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village6 - 7 km
Marmar East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 7 km
Parol East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 8 km
West Baien East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 8 km
Malakua East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 10 km
Pomio East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 10 km
Olaipun East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 11 km
Sali East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 13 km
Irena East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 15 km
Akul East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 16 km
Puapal East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 16 km
Malmal East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 17 km
Pora East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 17 km
Tagili East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 17 km
Pulpul East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 17 km
Ganna East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 20 km
Manginuna East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 22 km
Bovalpun East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 22 km
Rowan East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 23 km
Totongpal East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 23 km
Tal East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 24 km
Piovi East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 24 km
Kwai East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 25 km
Pomei East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 25 km
Kaiton East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 26 km
Pature East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 26 km
Senel East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 27 km
Kola East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 27 km
Bagatavi East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 28 km
Bindapuna East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 29 km
Leli East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 29 km
Muranpuna East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 29 km
Kauwa East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 29 km
Goni East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 30 km
Bakirua East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 30 km
Takairam East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 31 km
Kupgen East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 32 km
Bairaman East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 32 km
Lalikar East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 33 km
Kamarelo East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 34 km
Lakiri East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 34 km
Morena East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 34 km
Tokai East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 35 km
Kamatami East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 35 km
Matong East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 35 km
Serenguna East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 35 km
Porlo East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 36 km
Muela East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 37 km
Maito East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 38 km
Pendi East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 38 km
Mongu East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 38 km
Buka East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 39 km
Lau East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 41 km
Pokapuna East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 41 km
Siwanpuna West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 42 km
Ora East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 42 km
Paliavalu East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 42 km
Mau'una East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 43 km
Kipa West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village6 - 43 km
Okimpuna East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 44 km
Timomo East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 44 km
Poman East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 45 km
Kavu East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 45 km
Old Kiava West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 45 km
Monuvi East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 45 km
Kiava West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 47 km
Kaitoto East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 48 km
Mataburu West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 48 km
Gomu West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 48 km
Pomansilipun East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 48 km
Woipuna East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 50 km
Matalilu West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 50 km
Kahei West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 50 km
Pelin East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 50 km
Mapuna East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 50 km
Gigipuna West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 51 km
Ewasse West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 51 km
Pulpul East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 51 km
Lomeletepena East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 51 km
Apapulu West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 51 km
Malasi West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 51 km
Bubu West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 52 km
Kaiko West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 53 km
Lugei East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 53 km
Talalo East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 53 km
Auuna East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 54 km
Malmalu East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 54 km
Kangilona East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 55 km
Sulu West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 55 km
Kinsena East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 55 km
Ubili West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 56 km
Ulamona Mission West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 56 km
Moralona East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 57 km
Yauyau West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 57 km
Madidua West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 58 km
Gnalala East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 59 km
Kaiama West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 59 km
Mulusi West New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 60 km
Tu East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 60 km

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.

Airports

Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Gonaili 1 0 16 km
Nutuve NUT unknown 0 19 km
Jacquinot Bay JAQ 64 0 21 km
Uvol UVO unknown 0 44 km
Gonalia GOE unknown 0 48 km
Bialla BAA unknown 0 49 km
Sule ULE unknown 0 57 km
Open Bay OPB 2 0 80 km
Tol TLO unknown 0 86 km

More information

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