USGS: Major Quakes Hit Papua New Guinea

Mar 06, 2018, 01:33
USGS: Major Quakes Hit Papua New Guinea

Around 7,000 people have been rendered homeless, and 1.47 lakh are in need of food, water and sanitation facilities, the director of the International Red Cross in Papua New Guinea told Reuters.

Landslides have cut roads, preventing the delivery of aid to several places where it's most needed.

Papua New Guinea is located in a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire and regularly suffer from powerful earthquakes.

"The challenge is road access, it's still not accessible to trucks and four-wheel-drives", Mr Regmi said.

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The country's remote highlands were again rocked by strong aftershock, raising the number to three aftershocks, each stronger than magnitude 5.

"People are in great fear of their lives as the quakes are continuing ever since it started", said James Justin, of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, according to Reuters. One resident described huge devastation and said he was living on top of the rubble of his home with dwindling food supplies and contaminated water to drink.

"Public health and public hygiene are now concerns", she said.

"It's coming every two hours now. the movement of the ground is slowly going down".

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"It is terror", she said by telephone from Mount Hagen on Sunday.

In a statement, Darian Clark, the humanitarian duty officer at the Australian high commission in Papua New Guinea, said it "was the biggest quake in a hundred years and it spread 150 kilometers across the fault line".

The PNG and Australian governments, the Red Cross and Care International have all provided aid.

Australian oil and gas companies Santos (ASX:STO) and Oil search (ASX:OSH) say it will take about 8 weeks to fix the liquefied natural gas project which they have stakes in following last weeks quake.

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PNG company Oil Search said it would donate up to $6.4 million in cash and in kind support for disaster relief, while global giant Exxon Mobil said it would give $1.3 million.

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