Last updated: March 21, 2018

PNG troops respond to major 7.5 quake as aftershocks feared

PNG troops respond to major 7.5 quake as aftershocks fearedPapua New Guinea sent troops and rescue workers Monday to respond to a powerful earthquake in the Pacific nation’s mountainous interior, with unconfirmed reports of fatalities and warnings of aftershocks and landslides. Assessment teams were heading to affected areas near the 7.5-magnitude quake’s epicentre, which the US Geological Survey said was some 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of Porgera in Enga province. “It is advisable to stay out of multi-story buildings, to be aware of the potential of landslides, and to be prepared to move to open ground in the event that an aftershock is felt,” the chief secretary to the government, Isaac Lupari, said in a statement.

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