19 Jul 2010

Reports of some damage following earthquakes in PNG's New Britain

4:18 pm on 19 July 2010

There are reports of collapsed houses in the area affected by an earthquake in Papua New Guinea last night, but the extent of damage is still unclear.

Two earthquakes which struck the island of New Britain, were measured by the U.S. Geological Service at magnitude 7.3 and 7.1, and widely felt in the West New Britain port town of Kimbe.

The local disaster management office says it will take most of today to assess the damage.

Stanis Bai, a guest at the Kimbe Bay hotel, says the tremor felt severe.

"It really shook the building. The hotel here is made out of brick, brick walls, and this morning there were cracks running through, some parts of the hotel. It really shook some of us, because we haven't felt that sort of earthquake for a while."

Stanis Bai, a guest at the Kimbe Bay hotel in West New Britain.