Papua New Guinea hit by ‘significant’ earthquake

Papua New Guinea hit by ‘significant’ earthquake

Papua New Guinea hit by ‘significant’ earthquake

A road near Kainantu, cracked after the earthquake that hit Papua New Guinea on 11 September 2022.

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake in eastern Papua New Guinea on Sunday (September 11) left at least five deaths and several buildings badly injured and damaged.

Congresswoman Kessy Sawang told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that at least two people died in remote mountain villages in her constituency and that another four, in critical condition, were flown to the hospital. “The damage is considerable”he said, adding that a landslide has buried homes and “divided” in two a village where the inhabitants have “Lost home”.

Earlier, on his Facebook account, he said he feared that the human toll would be heavier in villages located in the Finisterre Mountains and in some coastal regions. Of the “People and houses were buried and destroyed”she added.

In the nearby town of Wau, the Koranga mine site announced that three miners have died after being buried. In this region, the means of communication are limited and the asphalted roads are scarce, which complicates rescue operations and damage assessment. Small airlines and missionary organizations took part in the air transport of some of the injured in the jungle.

Residents of northern cities near the epicenter reported severe mid-morning tremors that broke roads and loosened building linings.

In the town of Goroka, located in the eastern mountainous region of the country, images sent by residents to AFP or posted on social media showed shutters and windows breaking off the university walls cracked by the shock.

Residents of Madang and Lae, a city near the epicenter, said the tremor was particularly powerful. ” Very strong “also said Hivi Apokore, who works in a tourist facility, the Jais Aben Resort, near Madang: it was as if “Everything was like on the surface of the sea, floating”.

The earthquake was felt as far as the capital, Port Moresby, about 300 miles away. The United States Institute of Geological Surveys (USGS), which had originally issued a tsunami warning, quickly revoked it. The USGS has, however, reported that there may be “Small fluctuations in sea level in some coastal areas”.

Call for caution

Prime Minister James Marape urged the population to remain cautious and take refuge on the heights. He expressed his concern about him after this “important” earthquake, stating that the extent of human or material damage had not yet been established in the most affected regions. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 61 kilometers, approximately 67 kilometers from the city of Kainantu, the USGS reported.

Papua New Guinea, which includes the eastern part of the island of New Guinea and many other islands, is located on the “ring of fire” of the Pacific, a hot spot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

In 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the country’s rugged highland region, causing landslides that buried homes and killed at least 125 people. On Saturday, a series of earthquakes struck the Indonesian province of Papua, located in the western part of the island of New Guinea, without causing casualties or damage. In 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 people in the region, including around 170,000 in Indonesia.

Read also Three powerful earthquakes shake the Pacific “ring of fire”

The world with AFP

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