6.9 magnitude earthquake destroys 1,000 homes in Papua New Guinea


New Delhi: 6.9 intensity Earthquake that shook the north Papua New Guinea More than 1,000 homes were destroyed on Sunday, officials said, as authorities struggled to ensure relief in the flood-hit northern region.
“About 1,000 houses have been destroyed so far,” he said. East Sepik Governor Alan BirdIt said emergency teams were “still assessing the impact” of Sunday morning's earthquake, which “damaged much of the province”.
The “remarkable earthquake” occurred about 88 kilometers (54 mi) south-west of WewakA town of 25,000 people that serves as the capital of Papua New Guinea's East Sepik province, the USGS said.
Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea, which ranks near the top in terms of earthquakes.ring of Fire“- an arc of intense tectonic activity that extends across Southeast Asia and the Pacific Basin.
Although they do not cause widespread damage in rare populations jungle highlandsThey can trigger devastating landslides.
At least seven people were killed in April last year when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck a forested area in the country's interior.
Many of the island nation's nine million citizens live outside major towns and cities, where difficult terrain and a lack of sealed roads can seriously hinder travel. search and rescue efforts,
(with AFP input)

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