Minor damage in PNG quake aftermath

7:35 am on 6 May 2015

There was minor damage to buildings and a small tsunami generated in the aftermath of a magnitude 7.4 earthquake off the Papua New Guinea coast in East New Britain province.

School in East New Britain, PNG.

School in East New Britain, PNG. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

The Post Courier reports Panic-stricken residents scrambled out of buildings, shops, schools and homes yesterday as shops reported that food items and goods fell off shelves while others reported cracks on walls, floors and the ceilings of some buildings.

The power supply was disrupted throughout the day, while landslips occurred in parts of the province, blocking roads and affecting traffic.

A tsunami warning was in place and several small tsunami waves of less than 50 centimetres was reported in Rabaul Harbour.

Reports were also received of damages to homes in communities near the epicentre in Pomio district.

The earthquake struck at a depth of about 40km, about 140km south of Kokopo town, according to the US Geological Survey.