2018 Papua New Guinea Earthquake

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General Information

Papua New Guinea Earthquake has struck as a magnitude 7.5 on 25 February 2018. Aftershocks and landslides also caused major damage.

Map showing the Humanitarian Map Style

For Aid Organizations

Map and Data Services

Map showing the editing activity of OSM contributors during Typhoon Haiyan

About OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap offers an online map (and spatial database) which is updated by the minute. Various tools and services allow data extracts for GIS specialists, Routable Garmin GPS data, Smartphone GPS navigation, and other device-compatible downloads. With an internet connection, regular syncing is possible with open access to the community contributed data as it comes in, with OpenStreetMap's bulk data downloads ideal for use offline. In addition, maps can also be printed to paper.

Browse the Activation Area to get a feel for the data that is currently available. Different map styles including an Humanitarian style can be selected on the right side, and some data may not render (appear) on the map, but could be exported from the underlying database (See export section below).

Exporting OpenStreetMap data

Automatically updated exports of datasets in the area can be found on The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX)

About This Activation

About HOT

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  • To learn more about the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), explore more of our wiki-pages (root: HOT) or our website hotosm.org. We are a global community of mostly volunteers, we are also a US Nonprofit able to contract with organizations (email info at hotosm.org to contact our staff), we are also a 501-c-3 charitable organization.

History of this Activation

Reactivity of the OSM Community

  • February 25 - Earthquake alerts are seen by OSM community and directed to HOT

HOT Activates

  • February 25 - Based off upgrade of USGS PAGER alert, HOT launches basemapping project near epicenter.

Tools, Adaptation and Services

The various OSM developers communicate over internet through various communication channels. In 2013 they implemented the new Humanitarian Map Style, a map more adapted to humanitarian actions. This map, hosted by OpenStreetMap - France, is integrated in various online map tools.

The Tasking Manager and the JOSM editor are essential parts of this Activation. As new imagery are available, new jobs are added to the Tasking Manager. It has allowed HOT to coordinate efforts of mappers around the world. Some days there were more then 200 simultaneous mappers registered on the Task Manager and editing mainly with the JOSM editor. Online editors are also used for less intensive mapping. LearnOSM offers learning material for beginners and more advanced mappers.


This Activation is being coordinated by Russell Deffner of HOT.

Support Team

Support being provided by Nate Smith, Tyler Radford, Blake Girardot and Philipp Ulbrich.

For Mappers

  • Thank you; immediate area around epicenter has been mapped!

How You Can Contribute

Learn to Map

  • Most of our volunteer needs are for remote OSM contributors, visit LearnOSM.org to get started.

Mapping Priority

  • Please choose from highest priority first
  • Experienced mappers are also asked to participate in validating completed tasks. Information on validating can be found here
Job No. Priority Location What to map Imagery Source Task Mapping Status Task Validation Status
PNG 1 Urgent PNG Buildings and Roads DG Premium Complete (100%) Complete (100%)