Earthquake 2020

Tsunami potential very low: POM observatory

According to the Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory’s preliminary situation report, the earthquake occurred offshore but the potential of a tsunami is very low.

The Geophysical Observatory said the earthquake was a result of the interaction between Solomon Sea Plate and Australia Plate.

“It is of tectonic origin,” it reported.

“It was felt strongly in Port Moresby, Lae, Popondetta and surrounding areas, and as far as Kimbe.

“At this stage, no reports of damage have been received.”

Tsunami alert follows earthquake

According to the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the earthquake recorded 7.3 on the richter scale.

Its epicentre was said to have struck off the coast of Morobe Province, towards the border with Northern Province.

A warning for hazardous tsunami waves was issued for coastal regions within 300 kilometres of Wau, in Morobe.

The Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory says it will have a full report out as soon as possible.

(The epicentre of the quake pinpointed by the Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory)