Strong M7.0 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea
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 tsunamis, landslides and liquefaction that might have contributed to losses.
Little or no landsliding is expected as a result of this earthquake, but some landslides could have occurred in highly susceptible areas.
Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking
Selected cities exposed
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