Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits New Britain region, P.N.G.

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits New Britain region, P.N.G.

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea at 06:49 UTC (16:04 LT) on February 9, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 31 km (19 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 60 km (37 miles).

The epicenter was located 124.7 km (77.5 miles) S of Kokopo (population 26 237), and 217.5 km (135.2 miles) E of Kimbe (population 18 847), Papua New Guinea.

There are about 40 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

1 000 people are estimated to have felt strong shaking, 12 000 moderate and 232 000 light.

Image credit: Google, TW/SAM

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake-resistant construction. The predominant vulnerable building types are informal (metal, timber, GI etc.) and unreinforced brick masonry construction. 

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

Regional seismicity

Featured image credit: Google, TW/SAM


    Severe flooding damages roads, hundreds of houses in northern Morocco

    March 02, 2021

    Heavy rains triggered severe flash flooding in the city of Tetouan in northern Morocco on Monday, March 1, 2021, leaving 275 houses damaged, as well as dozens of vehicles and infrastructure. The dramatic situation in Tetouan made rounds on social media. Roads and...

    Deadly snowfall leaves 94 injured, hundreds of cars trapped in South Korea

    March 02, 2021

    One person was killed while 94 others sustained injuries as heavy snowfall engulfed South Korea's northeast region, authorities reported Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Hundreds of vehicles were trapped on some parts of a highway along the east coast, while more than...

    Heavy snowfall engulfs many parts of Russia

    February 26, 2021

    Heavy snow has blanketed many parts of Russia in the past few days, cutting power to more than 30 000 people and leaving various regions and cities struggling to deal with the extreme weather. Thousands of people have been affected, with others having to dig their...

    More than 7 700 households without water supply as record snow hits Hokkaido, Japan

    February 26, 2021

    Heavy snow has been falling intermittently in Hokkaido, Japan, since Tuesday, February 23, 2021, with Iwamizawa city recording its second-highest snowfall of 2.05 m (6.7 feet) on Thursday, 25. It resulted in disruptions in the city, particularly in train services...

    6th impressive paroxysm at Etna volcano, Italy

    February 25, 2021

    This is the 6th paroxysmal eruptive episode at Etna volcano, Italy since February 16, 2021. After 5 impressive paroxysms, the activity at the volcano intensified again at 19:00 UTC on February 24 and evolved into another spectacular event. Video courtesy Gio Giusa...


    Comments

    No comments yet. Why don't you post the first comment?

    Post a comment

    Your name: *

    Your email address: *

    Comment text: *

    The image that appears on your comment is your Gravatar