Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake, Papua New Guinea

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The USGS has up-to-date details on the February 25, 2018 event.

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on February 26, 2018 at 3:45 pm local  time (February 25, 17:45 UTC). There have been at least 45 aftershocks greater than M2.5, in the past day. The largest of the aftershocks was M6.2.


Visit the USGS event page for more information. For estimates of casualties and damage, visit the USGS Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) website. The PAGER result for this earthquake was orange, meaning significant casualties and damage are likely and the disaster is potentially widespread. Past orange alerts have required a regional or national level response. Estimated economic losses are 0-3% GDP of Papua New Guinea.

Regional map of the February 25, 2018 Papua New Guinea earthquake
USGS map of the February 25, 2018 earthquake, Papua New Guinea. (Public domain.)


If you felt this earthquake, report your experience on the “USGS Did You Feel It?” website for this event.


The USGS operates a 24/7 National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado that can be reached for more information at 303-273-8500.

Learn more about the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.