February, 2018

This is a repeating event

201826FebAll DayKomo Earthquake 2018Komo Papua New Guinea (PG)Industry:Gas ProcessingCountry:Papua New GuineaLanguage:EN Origin: Marsh Hazards:FlammableEffects:FinancialMaterial:Methane


The earthquake struck with an intensity of M7.5 (MM IX), with aftershocks over the following weeks. The event caused building and infrastructure damage, and sinkholes and landslides. Over 160 people were killed from the local communities and many injured.

The damage affected the local airport at Komo, which was significantly damaged, the gas conditioning plant — which was safely shut down with some damage but no loss of containment — and the pipeline system, where there was no loss of containment but a need to remediate the pipeline “right of way” along most of its onshore length.