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Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory.
(Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory.)
PO Box 323
Port Moresby National Capital District
Papua New Guinea
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The Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory (PMGO) is a government institution whose primary responsibility is seismic observation and earthquake and tsunami hazard assessment in PNG. PMGO is a branch of the Geohazards Management Division of the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards Management.
Continuous regional seismic observation in PNG commenced in 1957 with the establishment of PMGO. Gradual development of a nationwide network of seismograph and accelerograph stations followed.
A new nationwide seismic network consisting of 10 stations (Figure 1) was established in 2013, funded by European Commission. Each station is equipped with a 3-component short period seismometer and accelerometer. Using the infrastructure of the nation telecommunications carrier, Telikom PNG, data from the network stations are telemetred to the network hub at PMGO.