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10 Feb 1987 description


UNDRO 87/0290
PAPUA NEW GUINEA - EARTHQUAKE
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
10 FEBRUARY 1987

1. SERIES OF SMALL TREMORS PRECEDED SEVERE EARTHQUAKE (7.4 RICHTER SCALE) AT 04.34 HOURS 9/FEB, WHICH AFFECTED UMBOI AND OUTLYING ISLANDS IN VITIAZ STRAIT, AS WELL AS OUTER REACHES MOROBE AND WEST NEW BRITAIN PROVINCES. EPICENTRE UNDER UMBOI ISLAND ABOUT 440 KM NORTHEAST OF PORT MORESBY.

2. FEW DEATHS/INJURIES REPORTED SO FAR. TWELVE THOUSAND PEOPLE AFFECTED ON UMBOI ISLAND, SEVERAL THOUSAND ON OUTLYING ISLANDS.