M 7.5 Earthquake and Tsunami (1.2 m) in New Britain Region, P.N.G. on 14 May 2019 12:58 UTC

Event summary

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

GDACS ID EQ 1179441
Earthquake Magnitude: 7.5M
Depth: 10 Km
Lat/Lon: -4.081 , 152.5694
Event Date: 14 May 2019 12:58 UTC
14 May 2019 22:58 Local
Exposed Population: About 21000 people in MMI>=VII
240000 people within 100km
Inserted at: 15 May 2019 13:07 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity : 7.6 (Papua New Guinea)


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Tsunami GDACS score
NEIC 1.4 1 1.4
us70003kyy Scaled population (raster) 3.23 Max wave alert 1.16m  
  C1 shakemap -0.59 Max wave realtime 1.16m  
  C2 shakemap 0.53      
  Country Vulnerability 0      
  INFORM_normalised 1.3      
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Papua New Guinea - 7.5 M Earthquake (ECHO 15 May 2019)Wed, 15 May 2019 13:06

  • An earthquake of 7.5 M at a depth of 10 km occurred off eastern Papua New Guinea on 14 May at 12.58 UTC. The epicentre was 4.5 km west of southern New Ireland Island and 43 km north-east of Kokopo town (New Britain Island). Up to 31,000 people were exposed to very strong shaking and up to 229,000 to strong shaking.
  • Two aftershocks of 5 M, occurred in the same area at a depth of 10 km and 9 km.
  • A tsunami threat was issued by the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands but was later lifted. 
  • As of 15 May at 8.00 UTC, there are no reported casualties but power outages have been experienced in districts close to the epicentre.
  • Over the next 24 hours, light to moderate rain is forecast over New Ireland and New Britain Islands.
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14 May 2019-Strong Earthquake in P.N.G Region at 14 May 2019 on 08.58p ... Tue, 14 May 2019 16:14:00 +0200.

JMM/POCGN(O)/BK-23A Ruj. Kami: JMM.APL15/756/22/07 Jld.15(97) SIARAN MEDIA Gempa Bumi Kuat di New Britain Region, P.N.G. Gempa bumi kuat bermagnitud 7.4 pada skala Richter telah berlaku di New Britain Region, P.N.G. pada pukul 8:58 malam, 1
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Estimated casualties (PAGER)

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Exposed population

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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: JRC (81), (3), NEIC (5), OCHA (1), INGV (1), WMO (2), USGS (5), INFORM (4), NOAA (1),