An earthquake of 7.0 M at a depth of 80 km occurred 8 km off the southern coast of Morobe Province on 17 July. The epicentre was located offshore, approximately 118 km north-west of Popondetta Town (Oro Province) and 127 km south-east of Wau Town (Morobe Province).
Tsunami Information statements have been issued indicating that no tsunami threat was present. JRC estimated a maximum tsunami wave height of 10 cm could have been generated.
USGS PAGER estimates that up to 20,000 people were exposed to very strong and up to 96,000 people to strong shaking.
According to media, as of 7 May, some damage to the coastal villages were reported and the seismic event was felt also in the capital city, Port Moresby.