M7.2 Earthquake Strike Papua New Guinea

Just at 04:04:14 AM local time (GMT+10) on Monday, 3rd April 2023, the earthquake struck southwest of Wewak, Papua New Guinea, at depth of 93 km. Indonesian Meteorological Agency Region V (BMKG Wilayah V) media said this M7.2 earthquake felt in Nabire and Merauke with scale II-III Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) and Jayapura City, Keerom, Jayapura Regency, and Wamena with scale III MMI.

According to a spokesman for the Natural Disaster Centre in Papua New Guinea, two fatalities were reported in Angoram district and one in Wewak. Numerous homes had collapsed and people need medical aid. All six districts of East Sepik were affected by this land tremble. Landslides are observable along Sepik riverbanks and they are quite terrifying. Colles Pinga, a resident of Korogu reported they are currently experiencing aftershocks.

Papua New Guinea’s National Disaster Centre said it was conducting assessments of provinces to determine the severity of the damage and the number of casualities.

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