Last Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

M 7.5 earthquake in Kokopo, Papua New Guinea triggers tsunami alert


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May 14, 2019: A powerful earthquake in Papua New Guinea measuring magnitude 7.5 triggers a tsunami alert for the country and the nearby Solomon Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that the hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000km of the earthquake epicentre.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake occurred 45km NE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea at a shallow depth of 10km.

The reported epicentre lies within the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of regular seismic activity.

The US Geological Survey mentioned that the earthquake in the New Ireland region of Papua New Guinea occurred as the result of shallow strike-slip faulting within the interior of the Pacific plate.

Strong tremor of MMI VI was reported from Kokopo and Namatanai area.

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