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Papua New Guinea hit by a massive earthquake

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Papua New Guinea was hit by a severe earthquake in the night from Saturday to Sunday. The earthquake killed at least three people and caused massive damage.

The European seismological service EMSC estimates the magnitude of the quake at 7.6 at a depth of 80 kilometres. An aftershock with a magnitude of 5.0 followed. The epicentre was about 40 miles from Lae, the country’s second-largest city. The US weather agency NOAA initially issued a tsunami warning, but it was withdrawn shortly afterwards.

It is not known how many people were injured. According to local authorities, the number of victims was probably limited because the epicentre was in a sparsely populated area. Photos of cracks in roads and damage to buildings are shared en masse on Twitter. It can be seen that a university in the city of Goroka has been badly damaged.

Papua New Guinea has been hit by earthquakes before. The country is located in the so-called Ring of Fire in the Pacific Ocean, where about 90 per cent of the earthquakes worldwide take place. In 2018, the country also had to deal with a major earthquake. A total of 200 people died and thousands of people lost their homes.

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