Monday, 20 August, 2018

Major 7.5-magnitude natural disaster strikes Papua New Guinea

Pedestrians walk down a street that leads to the Yun Tsui building on Friday Major quake cuts communications, halts oil and gas operations in Papua New Guinea
Ellis Copeland | 26 February, 2018, 09:19

ExxonMobil and Oil Search have shut down their liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations and facilities in Papua New Guinea after an quake hit the country's Highlands this morning.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit about 89 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of Poregera.

McKee said he expected to see more detailed reports of damage later in the day.

The natural disaster was not expected to generate a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

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A powerful quake rattled forest villages and a large gold mine in central Papua New Guinea early on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The impact should be relatively localised, the statement added.

Papua New Ginuea rests on the so-called "Ring of Fire" - a hotbed of seismic activity surrounding a tectonic plate that spans the pacific.

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