Fears after large quake rocks PNG

By on April 17, 2013


A 6.Eight magnitude quake has struck PNG. Provide: The Australian

A POWERFUL 6.Eight-magnitude earthquake has rocked Papua New Guinea’s north.

Seismologists warn there could be large harm in Aitape, the position a large tsunami in 1998 killed higher than 2000 folks.

The shallow quake, at a depth of just seven kilometres, hit 19km east of the small metropolis of Aitape on the Pacific nation’s north coast at 8.55am AEST.

No harmful tsunami warning was once once issued via the use of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre but it surely stated earthquakes of this dimension may just occasionally generate local tsunami waves within 100km of the epicentre.

“Authorities throughout the area must remember of this chance and take appropriate motion,” it stated.

It comes as a 7.Eight magnitude quake struck Iran, killing 34 individuals in neighbouring Pakistan.

Geoscience Australia measured the PNG quake at a depth of 20km and 30km from Aitape and stated about 60,000 other folks can be within the exposure zone.

“This would come with outlying local villages,” seismologist Steve Tatham informed AFP.

“There May Be the opportunity of substantial damage. It definitely may just carry constructions down.”

a large tsunami in 1998, with waves as so much as 10 metres, killed better than 2000 individuals close to Aitape following an earthquake off the coast.

In that Disaster, church structures, schools and other buildings had been swept away.

The PNG Pure Disaster Centre stated at the moment it had no concrete information in the past. Police, ambulance and church officers in Aitape might now not be reached thru AFP.

Personnel at Wewak Health Facility, about 150km from the coastal epicentre, talked about they felt the tremor alternatively there was once no harm to the building or any fast stories of damage throughout the metropolis of Wewak.

Hospital spokesman Morris Iuandu talked about there had been no INFORMATION from Aitape and no casualties had introduced to the emergency department in Wewak as yet.

“It used to be AN IMPRESSIVE one. this can be a solid setting up… and it was once once shaking,” Iuandu informed AFP.

He estimated the swaying had lasted at the least three minutes.

Quakes of such magnitude are widespread in impoverished PNG, which sits on the so-referred to as Pacific “Ring of fire”, a hotspot for seismic job due to friction between tectonic plates.

A 6.6-magnitude quake struck america’s Bougainville Island on Sunday then again there were no experiences of damage or accidents.

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