At least five people died in a 7.6-inch earthquake this Sunday Papua New Guinea, which damaged buildings, caused landslides and injured many. Residents of several northern cities were struck by a strong tremor in the middle of the night, which cracked roads and damaged many buildings.
Deputy Kessie Sawang from the area reported this At least two people died in some mountain villagesFour others have been hospitalized in critical condition.
“Too much damage has been done” The deputy told AFP. In detail, one landslide buried several houses and another “torn a town in two” in which people “lost their homes.”
In addition, three miners were buried.
Communications in the region are precarious and paved roads are scarce, so it is currently difficult to establish the balance of damage.
Small airlines and missionary groups are trying to airlift some of the injured.
“It’s very difficult because of the terrain and the weather. It’s a big challenge.”said Nellie Bumai of Manolos Aviation.
The epicenter was 67 km from Kainandu city at a depth of 61 km., the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The telluric movement was felt in the capital, Port Moresby, 480 km away.
Residents of Leh and Madang, near the epicenter, told AFP they felt it more strongly than previous quakes.
“So strong, everything was like sitting in the ocean and floating”, Hivi Apokor, who works at Jais Aben Resort near the coastal town of Madang, said.
Prime Minister James Marab said the quake was “huge” and advised people to be careful and seek shelter on higher ground. However, he said he expected damage to be less than another earthquake in 2018 that killed at least 126 people.
Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and is prone to earthquakes.
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