7.0 natural disaster strikes Papua New Guinea

Cheryl Sanders
March 9, 2018

The Embassy in Port Moresby said no Filipino was reported among the more than 100 fatalities in the 7.5-magnitude quake that struck 9 days ago and the 6.8-magnitude aftershock recorded early Wednesday.

Damage caused by an natural disaster in Papua New Guinea is seen in this handout image released March 7, 2018. It is also reported that after the major aftershocks were recorded several aftershocks. Updates from the US Geological Survey has the quake at 6.8 magnitude.

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.

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

The latest quake hit at 6:39am New Zealand time, 44km north-east of Taron.

Landslides and damaged roads and bridges have made it impossible to reach some of the areas by land.

"We express our condolences to the government and people of Papua New Guinea and pray that last night's aftershock would be the last", said Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in a statement.

"These generators will provide immediate assistance to communities suffering from damage to critical infrastructure", noted the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill.

"It's a mammoth task", he said.

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