M 5.1 in Papua New Guinea on 20 May 2019 06:02 UTC
EQ parameters

Event summary

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

Earthquake Magnitude: 5.1M
Depth: 10 Km
Lat/Lon: -6.8279 , 154.6331
Event Date: 20 May 2019 06:02 UTC
20 May 2019 16:02 Local
Exposed Population: About 26000 people within 100km
Source: NEIC us70003nf1
Inserted at: 20 May 2019 06:25 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score: 7.6 (Papua New Guinea)


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  Earthquake GDACS score
NEIC 0 0
us70003nf1 Scaled population (vector) 3.47  
  C1 earthquake 1  
  C2 earthquake 0  
  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
1260964 0 20 May 2019 06:02 5.1M, 10km N/A 30 thousand 00:22 NEIC
The episode that generated the alert; the next major evaluations beyond 12 hours will not trigger additional alerts.
The episode that has the last updated information.
* 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 Northern Solomons (population 130,000) . The nearest places are and Jaba.

Radius Population
100 km 26000 people
75 km <1000 people
50 km no people
20 km no people
10 km no people
5 km no people
2 km no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Northern Solomons Papua New Guinea 130000 people
Solomon Is. Solomon Islands 360000 people
New Ireland Papua New Guinea 90000 people
Milne Bay Papua New Guinea 160000 people
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
Jaba Bougainville Papua New Guinea Village5 - 68 km

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Critical infrastructure

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


Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Boku BOQ unknown 0 90 km
Arawa RAW unknown 0 97 km
Karato KAF unknown 0 100 km

More information

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