Local MP: Chambri Lake Boiling after Recent PNG Earthquake

A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook the East Sepik Province before dawn on Monday, causing damage to homes and roads. Images have emerged of the aftermath of the earthquake, showing the devastating effects on infrastructure and buildings.

In the village of Nungwaiko, Wosera East Sepik province, eight houses collapsed, and a massive landslip occurred, causing significant damage to the area. Additionally, a newly built hospital in Enga Province in the highland of Papua New Guinea collapsed, adding to the overall destruction caused by the quake.

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) National Disaster Centre (NDC) has confirmed that an assessment of the damages is currently underway. Disaster response teams have been deployed to the affected areas to provide assistance to those impacted by the earthquake. The NDC has urged the public to remain vigilant and follow all safety guidelines to avoid further damage and injury.

The local member for parliament, Johnson Wapunai, has issued a statement stating that there were no casualties reported in his district. According to feedback he received from his people on the ground, a few houses collapsed due to the earthquake, but fortunately, no casualties or deaths were reported.

MP Wapunai said the aftershock of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake sent panic throughout the district. He further stated that as reported this morning, Chambri Lake is boiling, and continuous movement is being felt. He cautioned those living along the Chambri Lake area to evacuate their homes as there is a possibility of volcanic activity happening anytime. MP Wapunai also urged his people to be on alert at all times, and avoid falling houses, trees, and any objects.

He is coordinating with the Provincial Administration for further information from the Provincial Disaster Office. The PNG government is closely monitoring the situation, and the disaster response teams are working to assist those affected by the earthquake.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in Papua New Guinea due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area known for its high seismic activity. In recent years, the country has experienced several powerful earthquakes that have caused significant damage and loss of life. The most devastating earthquake in recent years was the 7.5-magnitude earthquake that hit the Southern Highlands province in 2018, killing over 100 people and displacing thousands.

This recent earthquake serves as a reminder of the importance of disaster preparedness and response. As a country located in an earthquake-prone region, Papua New Guinea must take measures to ensure that its people are adequately prepared for natural disasters. This includes investing in infrastructure, training emergency response teams, and educating the public about safety measures.

The full assessment of the damages caused by the earthquake is currently underway, and more information will be provided as it becomes available. The public is urged to remain calm and follow all safety guidelines issued by the authorities to minimise further damage and injury.

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