14 Apr 2014

Houses destroyed by Bougainville quake

8:01 pm on 14 April 2014

More detail is emerging about the impact of two major earthquakes that hit the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville last Friday night.

The stronger of the two quakes measured 7.3 in magnitude and was centred close to the southern part of Bougainville island.

A 4 year old boy is believed to have been crushed to death when a house collapsed in Buin.

A government official, Nick Peniai, says they are still waiting for full reports but they have been told a number of houses have been destroyed.

In one village alone, about 20 plus houses the other villages we do not yet know the total count. We would only know about the actual damages that have been caused from the new report that will be sent over here by the task force team from the provincial disaster office.

Nick Peniai in Buka.