Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Big natural disaster strikes Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea begins quake recovery BREAKING: Mega 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes 'Ring of Fire' zone
Kenny Thornton | 09 March, 2018, 08:36

The government of Papua New Guinea estimates that more than 100 people died in the earthquakes that have struck the country's highlands over the last 2 weeks.

Damage caused by an quake in Papua New Guinea is seen in this handout image released March 7, 2018.

The most recent quake, early Wednesday, had a magnitude of 6.7.

Death toll in southern Pacific island state tops 100 as aftershocks continue after a magnitude 7.5 quake in February.

The 6.8 magnitude tremor was recorded nine days after a 7.5 magnitude natural disaster jolted the country's southern highland province that left more than 100 people dead.

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"There will be no quick fix".

Mr O'Neill said the government's immediate focus was the restoration of essential services and the delivery of food, water and shelter, but he said full recovery from the disaster would take several years.

The central region of Papua New Guinea that was hit by the strong quakes are remote and largely undeveloped, so assessing the damage and casualties caused by the tremors could take some time to trickle out.

The quakes caused buildings to collapse as well as landslides.

The agency also expressed its sympathies to Papua New Guinea officials and residents after more fatalities were reported when a powerful aftershock hit its mountainous southern part. "Most of the feeder roads are washed away or covered with landslips".

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