M 5.6 in Papua New Guinea on 17 Jan 2019 16:53 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: 5.6M
Depth: 10 Km
Lat/Lon: -3.2384 , 146.4632
Event Date: 17 Jan 2019 16:53 UTC
18 Jan 2019 02:53 Local
Exposed Population: About 100 people in MMI>=IV
Few people within 100km
Source: NEIC us2000j56c
Inserted at: 17 Jan 2019 17:12 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score: 1.1 (Papua New Guinea)


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GDACS score
NEIC 0 0
us2000j56c Scaled population (vector) 0  
  C1 shakemap -0.59  
  C2 shakemap 0.53  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 1  
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMMI*Population**Tsunami risk***Delay (hh:mm)Source
1245404 0 17 Jan 2019 16:53 5.6M, 10km 4.36 Few people 00:19 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 Manus (population 33,000) .

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

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Manus Papua New Guinea 33000 people
Madang Papua New Guinea 250000 people
East Sepik Papua New Guinea 280000 people
Morobe Papua New Guinea 390000 people
Eastern Highlands Papua New Guinea 300000 people
Western Highlands Papua New Guinea 350000 people
Chimbu Papua New Guinea 190000 people
West New Britain Papua New Guinea 130000 people
Enga Papua New Guinea 190000 people
West Sepik Papua New Guinea 140000 people
New Ireland Papua New Guinea 90000 people
Southern Highlands Papua New Guinea 310000 people
Gulf Papua New Guinea 80000 people
Central Papua New Guinea 230000 people

Critical infrastructure

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

More information

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