Monday, 24 September, 2018

Mega 6.8 magnitude natural disaster strikes 'Ring of Fire' zone

Papua New Guinea quake death toll at 55 as aftershock hits Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published broadcast rewritten or redistributed
| 09 March, 2018, 10:22

A 6.8-magnitude quake struck 20 km east-northeast of Taron, Papua New Guinea at 1739 GMT on Thursday, less than two weeks after a 7.5 tremor hit the southwestern Pacific country, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The latest, a 6.7 magnitude quake, was the strongest aftershock to hit the country.

It was the strongest shake since the February 26 deadly magnitude 7.5 quake that destroyed homes, triggered landslides, and halted work at four oil and gas fields.

"The social damage to our communities is large, and this quake will be the source of sadness and sorrow for generations to come", the prime minister added, describing the plight of one woman who lost six relatives including children.

Peter O'Neil said the lives of over 100 Papua New Guineans have been lost, with many more missing and thousands injured.


Israel, one of the first countries to send aid to Papua New Guinea, delivered forty generators on Thursday, March 8, which will help provide assistance to communities affected by the natural disaster.

He said he flew over major landslips on Wednesday that were not there after the initial quake.

The premier has visited the devastated region and said his government and aid agencies were focused on delivering clean water, food and shelter to victims, and restoring electricity and communications.

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