Travel Alert: Papua New Guinea [November 4, 2021]

Travel Alert

A magnitude-5.3 earthquake occurred in the western Solomon Sea, east of Papua New Guinea’s Morobe Province, at around 02:25 PGT on November 5, 2021. The epicenter was about 37 km (22 miles) southwest of Finschhafen. The tremor occurred at a depth of about 35 km (21 miles), and light-to-moderate shaking was probably felt throughout West New Britain, Morobe, Madang, Eastern Highlands, Gulf, and Oro provinces. There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake; however, significant damage is unlikely. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas. Aftershocks are likely over the coming days. The event has not prompted any tsunami advisories.

Officials expect to temporarily shut down transportation infrastructure in the tremor zone to check for damage. Minor disruptions could occur during shutdowns, but service will likely resume quickly if no damage is found. Utility outages are possible, particularly near the earthquake’s epicenter. It is recommended that you add 1 hour to all travel times over the next couple of days as unexpected delays could happen as damage is discovered.

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