Quake rocks Papua New Guinea

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | BALTIMORE | September 10, 2002


Three people were killed Monday in Papua New Guinea when a 7.5-magnitude earthquake shook the island.

The quake originated just north of the country in the Pacific Ocean and sent a small tidal wave 30-to-50 feet inland, damaging some coastal dwellings.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Wewak Township suffered some structural damage from the shaking. The BBC reported that about 20,000 people have been left without water. Several small islands off Wewak's coast were also affected by the quake. At Maprik Station, collapsed houses and burst water tanks were reported.

Papua New Guinea's government is assessing the damage to determine possible response. Bilateral donors, international agencies, the Red Cross and national relief and response groups are on standby and ready to provide assistance is required, as relevant information emerges from the affected locations.

In August, a volcano eruption on New Britain Island forced thousands to flee their homes.


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