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Papua New Guinea: Earthquake: 2002/09/09 Country Information on DRR

Period 2002/09/09
Country or District Papua New Guinea
Event Type Earthquake
Outline An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale hits the Pacific Ocean north of Papua New Guinea, with fears of a possible tsunami.
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
OCHA Situation Report No. 2 2002/09/19
Affecting some 4,400 people (873 families) through the loss of or damage to their homes Destroyed: approximately 520 bush dwellings
Damaged: a further 200 dwellings

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OCHA Situation Report No. 2 2002/09/19
Situation Report of Papua New Guinea Earthquake

Herald Sun news 2002/09/10
Tsunami fears after PNG quake

Post-Courier Online
Wewak schools closed

The National News
Quake kills 4

The National News
No water in quake zone

reuters news 2002/09/10
Aftershocks rattle quake-hit Papua New Guinea 2002/09/10
Earthquake leaves 3000 homeless

OCHA Situation Report 2002/09/08
The quake measured seven-point-six on the Richter scale and killed at least three people in Papua New Guinea. In the town of Wewak, houses have collapsed and the main water supply has been ruptured as a result of the quake.

Reuters news 2002/09/08
Strong Quake Hits PNG, Three Reported Dead

Gurdian news 2002/09/09
Papua New Guinea Earthquake Kills 2

The Australian
Quake, tsunami deaths reported September 09, 2002 AT least two people have been reported dead after an earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea, ripping seaside homes off their stilts.

BBC News
A major earthquake has hit the coastal waters north of Papua New Guinea. Seismologists say it measured 7.6 on the Richter scale. A tremor of a similar size in 1998 caused a tsunami, or wave surge, which hit the shore killing over 2,000 people. There are unconfirmed reports of significant damage and injury in this latest quake. The earthquake took place at 0444 local time (1844 GMT Sunday), with an epicentre 95km (60 miles) northwest of Wewak. A spokesman for the Australian Geological Survey Organisation said the earthquake took place in an area of fairly shallow waters. However, it was also reported to be centred about 50km (30 miles) deep, which would reduce its impact on the surrounding sea and land.

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Urgent Report from Supporting Members of the Asian Disaster Reduction Center

Information posted by an ADRC counterpart
Wewak Earthquake Situation Report by National Disaster Management Office, PNG (pdf file)

Information posted by Prof. Hugh Davies, University of Papua New Guinea

Report on WEWAK Post-Earthquake Risk Assessment
Information posted by Prof. Hugh Davies, University of Papua New Guinea


USGS National Earthquake Information Center
Magnitude 7.5 near New Guinea, Papua New Guinea Sunday, September 8, 2002 at 18:44:26 (UTC)