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Powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea, at least 4 killed

New DelhiA 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Papua New Guinea on Sunday, killing at least four people, injuring others and causing damage to property and essential infrastructure. At around 9:45 a.m. local time (2345 GMT on Saturday) the quake struck about 67 km east of Kenantu and 80 km northwest of Lai in the eastern PNG region, but about 500 km (310 mi) away in the capital. was felt. of Port Moresby.

The full extent of the damage was not immediately clear as the location of the quake was remote. Earthquakes are common in PNG, which is located on the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire”, a hotspot for seismic activity caused by friction between tectonic plates.

While the government did not give the 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 were injured.

OCHA’s PNG disaster management team said in a report posted on Twitter that one person was killed in a landslide in Rai Coast, Madang, while three others were buried in Wau, Morobe. Regional power grids, internet cables and regional highways were damaged, but the airport remains operational. Some of the injured were airlifted for immediate treatment.

Residents of Papua New Guinea shared photos and videos of broken roads, damaged buildings and cars and objects falling from supermarket shelves on social media. The UN report said people were injured and some health centres, homes, rural roads and highways were damaged by falling buildings or debris. Electricity infrastructure in the affected areas was damaged, leading to an outage in the Eastern Highlands.

State-backed communications provider PNG Dataco also reported an impact on its undersea cable network, resulting in widespread disruption. The US Tsunami Warning System issued an alert after the quake but later said the danger had passed. There was no immediate threat to Australia, its Bureau of Meteorology said.

In 2018, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake rocked remote mountainous areas of PNG, killing more than 100 people and damaging thousands of homes.

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