Magnitude 7.2 quake affects Ramu power grid

The magnitude 7.2 earthquake this morning, 36km North-West of Bulolo, Morobe Province, has affected the Ramu Power Grid.

PNG Power Ltd has reported power failure with minor damage to power houses, especially Ramu and Baiune IPP.

There were also reports of transformers on fire.

“We have confirmed that our people are unharmed though thorough checks are underway,” PPL said.

“Our machines are all out at this point and are being assessed before we attempt restoration.”

The Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory (PMGO) reported that the earthquake occurred at 7.19m today with a depth of 126km, just 283km NW of Port Moresby.

“The earthquake this morning occurred as a result of interaction between the South Bismarck Plate and the Woodlark Plate. The earthquake was felt as far as Port Moresby.

“No reports of damage have been received by PMGO.”

Press release