Police property damaged in quake: Officer

The aftershocks of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake continue in parts of Southern Highlands Province.

Police Officer Joseph Kumin, who is on ground in Moro, Southern Highlands Province, told this newsroom that the earthquake hit at around 3:30am today.

Officer Kumin confirmed the 2 strongest tremors lasted up to about 2 minutes, while short tremors are still being felt.

Officer Kumin was not able to confirm the total damages in Moro, but said police officers found their desktop computers and printers on the floor of their office, damaged.

Meantime, reports of casualties are yet to be confirmed.

Furthermore, communication and road accessibility have been cut off and authorities are yet to establish reports in villages outside Moro.

Airline’s PNG chief commercial officer, Paul Abbot, confirmed with this newsroom that Oil Search chartered flights out of Moro have been increased to 4 today as part of the evacuation exercise.

Carolyn Ure