Many very strong damaging earthquakes below and along New Britain, Papua New Guinea

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Update May 7 17:49 UTC : Loop writes :
The Warangoi Bridge, the only bridge connecting the people of Sikut Matupit, Sikut Talvat and the surrounding areas, has collapsed and cut off the 3000 people in the Sikut area
The bridge is a vital infrastructure and the only way out to the nearby Warangoi Township and to Kokopo and Rabaul towns.
Leaders of the area have raised the issue with the Provincial Government to immediately attend to the fallen bridge.
The bridge collapsed after the massive 7.5 earthquake which shook the East New Britain Province yesterday.
There was wide spread destruction across the province, including damage to houses, water tanks and the like, plus landslides along roads.
Photos from Richmond Nongkas

Image courtesy and copyright Richmond Nongkas

Image courtesy and copyright Richmond Nongkas


Update 11:42 UTC : The 7.5 magnitude earthquake occurred at Cape Orford in Pomio district, between Wide Bay and Jacquinot Bay.
East New Britian Disaster officer Donald Tokunai said his office was in touch with an agriculture officer in Pomio who reports no major damage, except that people fled to higher ground when they saw the shoreline was unusually very low.
He said after the earthquake nearby areas reported high sea levels along their coastline.
Tokunai said it was normal that earthquakes above 7 magnitude damaged galvanised water tanks and has received reports of two damaged water tanks in the Raluana area.
He also said that it was a normal in Rabaul township when earthquakes above 7 magnitude occurred, the sea level would rise to unusual heights and invade some areas but later subsided.
There were no reports of major damages, expect for landslips along the road, uphill to Vunabakut, Government Hill and another at Blue Lagoon, along the Kokopo/Rabaul road.
More reports from people regarding cracked galvanized water tanks during earthquakes are expected.
Meanwhile, officers are still out, checking out shorelines in Rabaul and Kokopo and other major government facilities in both towns.
Read the full PNG Loop article here

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Update : This is the Xth earthquake in less than a week poundering the same coastal area of New Britain. Kokopo and Rabaul are the closest towns to the epicenter. PNG is used to experience big earthquakes but so many on such a short time and some of them below land do not happen every year. Let's hope for the inhabitants of New Britain that it will end soon and that the aftershocks will not be higher than M6

Update : Damage widespread across New Britain, even in Rabaul and Kokopo.
Tsunami seen on several coasts + port of Rabaul. No floodings reported.
Power down, no contact to rural villages affected by earlier earthquakes.
Schools evacuated, closed.
Office buildings damaged with collapsed ceilings

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A thrust Focal Mechanism means that the earthquake can be tsunami-genetic

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130km (81mi) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
193km (120mi) E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
341km (212mi) SSE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
412km (256mi) WNW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
680km (423mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 7.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-05-05 11:44:04

GMT/UTC Time : 2015-05-05 01:44:04

Depth (Hypocenter) : 37 km

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EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 21:13 4.8 35 MAP
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 21:13 4.8 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 20:39 5.0 62 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 20:39 5.0 75 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 19:36 4.5 56 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 17:28 4.7 76 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 17:28 4.5 80 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 17:28 4.5 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 16:39 4.7 76 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 16:39 4.7 77 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 08:47 4.9 27 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 08:47 5.0 60 MAP
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 08:47 5.0 61 MAP
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 08:16 5.3 42 MAP
GEOFON New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 08:16 5.6 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 08:16 5.6 40 MAP
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 06:11 4.9 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 06:11 4.9 51 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 05:07 4.9 40 MAP
USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea May 05 05:07 4.9 40 MAP
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 05:03 5.2 55 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 03:55 5.2 51 MAP
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 03:55 5.2 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 03:55 5.3 34 MAP
PTWC May 05 03:30 7.4 0 MAP
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 02:40 5.2 33 MAP
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 02:40 5.2 30 MAP
GEOFON New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 02:40 5.3 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 01:58 5.5 60 MAP
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 01:58 5.6 57 MAP
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 01:54 5.9 64 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 01:54 5.8 35 MAP
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 01:53 5.8 55 MAP
PTWC May 05 01:50 7.5 0 MAP
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 01:44 7.4 63 MAP
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 01:44 7.5 42 MAP
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 01:44 7.4 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 01:44 7.4 40 MAP
USGS Kokopo, Papua New Guinea May 05 01:44 7.5 10 MAP
GEOFON New Britain Region, P.n.g. May 05 01:44 7.4 37 MAP I Felt It INFO
WCATWC New Britain Region P.n.g. May 05 01:44 7.5 9 MAP
  • west new britain - it was around half eleven and we were in class with our teacher mrs thomas. we were lucky our teacher was just telling us about earthquakes and what to do when occurs so we were fine. there was no damage or casualties, but there were damages in east New Britain.

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