Magnitude 7.9 Earthquake off Papua New Guinea

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A magnitude 7.9 earthquake has occurred offshore of New Ireland Island, Papua New Guinea on December 17, 2016 at 10:51:12 UTC. 

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

For information about tsunami watches, warning or advisories, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tsunami website.

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.

Magnitude 7.9 Earthquake off Papua New Guinea
USGS map of the magnitude 7.9 earthquake off Papua New Guinea.