Powerful earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea
Sunday, September 18, 2022
On Sunday, September 11 at 9:46AM local time,(Papua New Guinea near . There were reports of injuries and at least three dead several hours after the quake.), a powerful earthquake struck
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake measured 7.6Mw on the . "This could definitely be a damaging earthquake," said Jana Pursley, a geologist with the USGS. She expects damage from the quake to be moderate to severe.
The epicenter was reported to be 41 miles (66 km) east of Kainantu and 56 miles (90 km) below the surface.
Three people were reported killed in the gold-mining town ofaccording to Charley Masange, the disaster director for . Seismologist Felix Taranu, working for the Geophysical Observatory in , said the quake "most likely caused considerable damage" though it was too early to assess the total impact.
"It’s a common thing that earthquakes are felt here, but it usually doesn’t last as long and is not as violent as this one," said Renagi Ravu, a local geologist who lives in Kainantu. "It was quite intense." According to Ravu, approximately ten thousand people live in and around the town which is in the.
Papua New Guinea is in the so-calledwhich sees frequent volcanic activity as well as earthquakes. In 2018, a similarly powerful earthquake struck the highlands killing at least 125 people.
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