2018 Papua New Guinea earthquake

2018 earthquake in Papua New Guinea

On 26 February 2018, at 3:44 a.m. local time (25 February, 17:44 UTC), an earthquake of 7.5 moment magnitude struck in Hela Province, Papua New Guinea. The earthquake's epicenter was 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west of the town of Komo. The intensity of the earthquake was IX (Violent) on the Mercalli intensity scale.[1] At least 31 people were killed and a further 300 were injured.[2][3]

2018 Papua New Guinea earthquake
USGS shakemap for the event
2018 Papua New Guinea earthquake is located in Papua New Guinea
2018 Papua New Guinea earthquake
UTC time2018-02-25 17:44:44
ISC event611709178
Local date26 February 2018
Local time03:44:44
Magnitude7.5 Mw
Depth23.4 km (14.5 mi)
Epicenter6°04′05″S 142°46′05″E / 6.068°S 142.768°E / -6.068; 142.768Coordinates: 6°04′05″S 142°46′05″E / 6.068°S 142.768°E / -6.068; 142.768
TypeThrust fault
Areas affectedPapua New Guinea, Indonesia
Total damageBuilding and infrastructure damage, sinkholes, landslides
Max. intensityIX (Violent)
Aftershocks6.7 Mw
6.2 Mw
6.0 Mw
6.0 Mw
6.0 Mw
Casualties160 dead (main shock)
11 dead (6.0 aftershock on March 4)
25 dead (6.7 aftershock on March 6)
4 dead (6.3 aftershock on April 7)

The main shock struck at a depth of 35 km below the northern slopes of Mt. Sisa, and was followed by a 5.5 Mw aftershock less than 30 minutes later.[1]

A state of emergency was declared on March 1 for the provinces of Hela, Southern Highlands, Enga and Western, together with a promise of 450 million kina (about 136 million US$) to help deal with the aftermath of the quake.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "M.7.5 - 89km SSW of Porgera, Papua New Guinea". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  2. "Landslip Blocks Mine's Access Road". The Papua New Guinea Post-Courier. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  3. "Powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake rattles remote Papua New Guinea". The Hindu. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  4. Gorethy, Kenneth (2018-03-01). "State of Emergency Declared". Papua and New Guinea Post-Courier. Retrieved 2018-03-01.

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