MP from Papua New Guinea says he is trying to verify reports that up
to 10 people died in a big earthquake on Monday morning, RNZ
magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea's Hela province,
the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports.
quake, which struck at 6.44am (NZT) was centred 89km south-southwest
of Porgera, at a depth of 35km.
Makiba told RNZ he
received reports of the deaths from ExxonMobil staff, via
their satellite phones, as well as people in his district on landline
reports are coming that the earthquake was very huge, and there was
some casualties. There were landslides and destruction of some
properties and houses. And there were reports of some lives being
lost ... about ten."
said the country's National Disaster Office is expected to dispatch a
team to the area to assess the damage.
Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso said the quake occurred in a rural,
jungle area near a mountain range.
wasn't immediately clear if there was damage. The USGS website had 31
reports of feeling the quake, including some saying the shaking was
earthquake was not expected to generate a tsunami, the Pacific
Tsunami Warning Centre said.
was followed by a magnitude 5.5 quake shortly after to the northwest.