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At least 3 dead after strong earthquake


At least three people are dead after a powerful earthquake hit a remote part of Papua New Guinea on Sunday morning, authoritie­s say. Others were injured and infrastruc­ture damaged in the magnitude 7.6 jolt that was felt across the Pacific country.

The three people died in a landslide in the gold-mining town of Wau, said Morobe Provincial Disaster Director Charley Masange. Other people had been injured from falling structures or debris, and there was damage to some health centers, homes, rural roads and highways, Masange said.

Masange said it could take some time to assess the full extent of the injuries and damage in the region. But he said the sparse and scattered population and lack of large buildings near the epicenter in the nation’s largely undevelope­d highlands may have helped prevent a bigger disaster, given the earthquake was so strong.

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