Two M6 earthquakes strike beneath Papua New Guinea

Casey Dawson
March 7, 2018

Powerful aftershocks are rattling Papua New Guinea a week after a major quake struck the Pacific nation. The company is sourcing tarpaulins, water purification tablets, water containers, food, and other humanitarian supplies, and is working with essential service providers to pre-position and distribute resources to areas in the greatest need.

This morning, a magnitude 6 tremor rattled Hela province, and may have caused further death and destruction.

Compounding the fallout was an announcement on Monday that the impoverished country's biggest development - the liquefied natural gas project operated by USA energy giant ExxonMobil - would be offline for up to eight weeks as the quake-hit facilities are repaired.

Apart from the death toll, around 1.43 lakh people have been affected by the natural disaster and 17,000 people have been displaced due to partial or full destruction of their homes, reported AFP quoting Red Cross figures.

ASX-listed energy explorers and producers Oil Search and Santos between them own 42.5 per cent of the ExxonMobil-led PNG LNG Project.

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In response to the disaster, both Australia and New Zealand along with the Red Cross pledged aid to some 150,000 people in the affected areas.

"We are deeply saddened by the devastation this quake has brought to Papua New Guinea", said Darren Woods, chairman and chief executive officer.

"Many communities are without basic necessities, such as food, clean water, shelter and medical support".

"The challenge is road access, it's still not accessible to trucks and four-wheel-drives", Mr Regmi said.

"From the United Nations in Papua New Guinea, we would like to extend our sympathies to those affected and to those who have lost their loved ones", said UN Resident Coordinator, Gianluca Rampolla.

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