7.6 magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea, killing at least 4

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck east Papua New Guinea on Sunday, killing at least four people and injuring others and damaging property and vital infrastructure.

The quake hit about 67 km east of Kainantu and 80 km northwest of Lae in the eastern PNG region at around 9:45 a.m. local time (Saturday 2345 GMT), but was felt about 500 km (310 miles) away in the capital Port Moresby.

The full extent of the damage was not immediately clear due to the remote location of the earthquake. Earthquakes are common in PNG, which lies on the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire,” a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

While the government did not give a death toll, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Asia and the Pacific said at least 4 deaths and four injured had been reported.

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck east Papua New Guinea on Sunday, killing at least four people and injuring others.
A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck east Papua New Guinea on Sunday, killing at least four people and injuring others.
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One person died in a landslide on the coast of Rai, Madang, while three others were buried in Wau, Morobe, OCHA’s disaster management team in PNG said in a report published on Twitter.

The regional power grid, internet cable and regional highway were damaged, but the airport is operational, sources said. Some of the injured were flown for immediate treatment.

Residents of Papua New Guinea shared on social media images and videos of cracked roads, damaged buildings and cars, and items falling from supermarket shelves.

The UN report said people were injured by falling buildings or debris, and some health centers, houses, rural roads and highways were damaged.

Power infrastructure was damaged in the affected areas, leading to an outage across the eastern highlands.

The regional power grid, internet cable and the regional motorway were affected.
The regional power grid, internet cable and the regional motorway were affected.
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Government-backed communications provider PNG DataCo also reported impacts on its undersea cable network, leading to widespread disruption.

The US tsunami warning system issued a warning after the quake but later said the danger had passed. There is no immediate threat to Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

In 2018, a magnitude 7.5 quake shook PNG’s remote mountainous highlands, killing more than 100 people and damaging thousands of homes.

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