Papua New Guinea - Earthquake (Update 1) - West

26 Feb 2018

Incident: Strong Earthquake 
Location:Southern Highlands Province; approximately 40 km (24 miles) south-southwest of Komo 
Magnitude (Depth): 7.5 (35 km/21 miles) 
Time/Date: 0344 February 26 
Tsunami Warning: No 
Affected Areas: Western and central Papua New Guinea (

Damage assessments are ongoing following the strong magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck in Southern Highlands Province at 0344 February 26. The epicenter was in a remote, mountainous area of the province, approximately 40 km (24 miles) south-southwest of Komo; the temblor struck at a depth of 35 km (21 miles). Strong-to-very strong shaking occurred throughout Hela and Southern Highlands provinces, as well as parts of eastern Western Province. Weak-to-moderate shaking was probably felt throughout most of central Papua New Guinea. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties; however, assessments from affected areas may be delayed until after daybreak. Authorities did not issue a tsunami warning for the temblor. 

Expect ground and air transport delays in areas near the epicenter as authorities inspect infrastructure for potential damage. The temblor may have triggered landslides on roadways in the region, including along the Highlands Highway. Officials could temporarily suspend flight operations at airports areas in the tremor zone - including those serving Moro (MXH), Mendi (MDU), and Tari (TIZ) - while they inspect the facilities for damage. Moderate-to-strong aftershocks are likely in the region over the upcoming days. 

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