At least three people have died as a result of the earthquake that struck Papua New Guinea on Sunday morning local time, authorities said. There were also strong shocks in the Indonesian Mentawai Islands, where about 200 people were evacuated. Buildings, including health centers, are damaged in both locations.
The earthquake in Papua New Guinea had a magnitude of 7.6, the European Mediterranean Seismology Center (EMSC) reported. As reported by the US news agency USGS, the epicenter of the tremors was about 80 kilometers deep, 67 kilometers east of the city of Kainantu, in a sparsely populated area.
Fatalities and injured
At least three people have died in the city of Wau after the landslide occurred, said Charley Masange, a representative of Morobe provincial authorities. Some were injured by falling stones. Some medical facilities, houses and roads were damaged.
The USGS issued a tsunami warning, which it canceled shortly after.
Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern part of the island of New Guinea to the north of the eastern coast of Australia. It borders Indonesia to the west.
Earthquake and evacuees in Indonesia
About 200 people were evacuated due to the earthquake that struck Indonesia on Sunday morning, local time.
The epicenter was in the Mentawai Islands, which are part of the West Sumatra Province. The quake had a magnitude of 5.3 and occurred at a depth of 27 km. There was no threat of a tsunami, the national disaster agency said.
The services reported that one person was injured. The school and health center were among the damaged buildings.
In the Pacific ring of fire
Both Papua New Guinea and Indonesia lie in the Pacific ring of fire. This is an area in the Pacific Ocean where tectonic plates meet, causing increased seismic activity. There are frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions there.
On Saturday, the Indonesian province of Papua experienced a series of quakes. National services reported that the strongest of them had a magnitude of 6.2. There were no reports of damage or casualties.
In 2018, a 7.5-degree earthquake killed at least 125 people in Papua New Guinea. In February this year, as a result of a magnitude 6.2 earthquake, 25 people were killed and 460 were injured in the province of West Sumatra, Indonesia.
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