3 dead after 6.9-magnitude quake jolts Papua New Guinea

3 dead after 6.9-magnitude quake jolts Papua New Guinea
# 25 March 2024 09:16 (UTC +04:00)

Local media reported on Monday that three people died and more than 70 houses were destroyed after a 6.9-magnitude quake jolted Papua New Guinea (PNG) over the weekend, APA reports citing Xinhua.

Data from the U.S. Geological Survey indicated that a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the northern part of the Pacific island country at about 6:22 a.m. local time on Sunday.

With a depth of 40.2 km, the epicenter was determined to be at 4.139 degrees south latitude and 143.159 degrees east longitude, located approximately 38 kilometers east-northeast of Ambunti.

Several regions in PNG's East Sepik province, including Ambunti and Wewak, bore the brunt caused by the earthquake.

PNG's daily newspaper Post Courier revealed that the disaster has claimed three lives to date, including a mother and her child in the Jikinumbu village and a boy in the Sotmeri village.

A total of 73 homes were found having crumbled in Korogu, Sotmeri, and Jikinumbu villages, said the Post Courier.

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