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Papua New Guinea Quake Killed at Least 15, Governor Says


28/02/18   : WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND — VOA News
The governor of the central Papua New Guinea region hit by an earthquake this week says at least 15 people were killed and the toll may rise.
Southern Highlands Governor William Powi told The Associated Press that communication remains difficult and authorities are still trying to assess the extent of the damage caused by Monday's magnitude 7.5 earthquake.
Powi said Wednesday that four people in the capital, Mendi, were killed when their house collapsed on them, and that three were killed when their home was struck by a landslide. He said eight others were killed elsewhere. Dozens more were injured.
Three oil fields and a liquefied natural gas plant have shut. Powi said the quake caused "catastrophic havoc and destruction'' and people remain traumatized.

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