22 Dec 2016

PNG authority confirms minimal damage after quake

6:54 am on 22 December 2016

Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Management Office has confirmed there appears to be little damage from the large earthquake in the weekend.

The magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck about 50 kilometres off the south eastern coast of New Ireland province, at a depth of 103 km, on Saturday night.

The National Disaster Management assistant director Kaigabu Kamnanaya said it was difficult getting efficient communications with the provincial disaster co-ordinator in New Ireland.

But he said communities from around the area nearest the epicentre have been contacted.

"From Lihir and around the area, the shaking did take place, it was quite long and strong but it did not cause any physical damage," he said.

"And the people are reporting there's nothing serious or damaging that can attract attention for provincial and others to respond to through assessments."