According to media reports, at least five people were killed and several houses were damaged in a massive earthquake that struck Papua New Guinea (PNG) early on Sunday.
Al Jazeera reported that the 7.6 magnitude quake damaged buildings, caused landslides and killed five people.
According to media reports, KC Sawang, a local member of parliament, said that at least two people died in remote hill villages, while four others were hospitalized in critical condition. In nearby Wau, the Koranga Alluvial Mining said three miners were buried alive.
“There has been extensive damage,” said Casey Sawang, adding that the landslide buried homes and “divided” a village where people “lost their homes”.
Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, James Marape, said the quake was “massive” and called on people to remain alert, but added that they expected the damage to be minimal compared to the damage caused by the 2018 earthquake and series of aftershocks. expected, in which an estimated 150 people died.
However, the scale of damage and casualties caused by Sunday’s earthquake is still unclear.
James Marpe said national and provincial disaster agencies as well as leaders were asked to assess the scale of damage and injuries caused to people.
A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Kenantu in the country’s eastern New Guinea region on Sunday at 23:46:55 GMT, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The quake was recorded 67 km east of Kayanantu in Papua New Guinea. The epicenter of the earthquake was located at a depth of 61.4 km. The latitude of the earthquake was 6.224°S while the longitude was 146.471°E.
The United Nations (UN) report said people were injured and some health centres, homes, rural roads and highways were damaged by falling buildings or debris.
Electricity infrastructure in the affected areas was damaged, leading to an outage in the Eastern Highlands.
Papua New Guinea is located in the “Ring of Fire”, a region in the Pacific Ocean basin that is vulnerable to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Since 1900, 22 M7.5 earthquakes have been recorded in the New Guinea region. The largest earthquake in the region was a M8.2 shallow thrust fault event in Indonesia’s northern Papua province that killed 166 people in 1996.
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