Update of police relief efforts

According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, and Commander Highlands Western End, Kaiglo Ambane, police have set up two Relief Operations Command Centre.

The centers are located in Tari at the Curtain Brothers Camp site and the other one in Mendi.

In terms of security, one PNGDF Platoon with two Sections of MS10 are on the ground in Mendi with other Police Units throughout the province are assisting.

Security personnel in Hela include 45 PNGDF personnel, 17 Correctional Services officers and local police personnel in the province.

More than 70, 000 assisted

This include village visitations, providing relief assistance, on the ground medical treatment, and conducting village assessments.

In a statement Managing Director and CEO, Peter Botten, said as of March 13, Oil Search helicopters have made over 86 village drop offs, moving over 70 tonnes of material to Moro and delivered almost all of that already to communities.

Over 10 tonnes of this amount has been medical supplies which have been delivered to health facilities across the affected Gulf Provinces.

WNB musicians to raise funds for quake victims

The initiative was driven by one of West New Britain’s talented musician and pastor, Jayson Raphael Meli.

Mr Meli told this newsroom in a phone interview that the least they can do to help the victims is through music.

 “I was in Goroka attending a crusade when we felt the earthquake and heard of the news about the disaster the next day.

“The idea of helping the victims came to my mind and I decided to make contacts with musicians in the province and decided to do a fundraising appeal for the victims.”

Ok Tedi gives K50 million to Earthquake Relief

Chairman Sir Moi Avei said “Given the magnitude of this disaster, and our responsibility not only to our shareholders but to the people of PNG, we are pleased to offer a helping hand at this time of great distress. We expect these monies will provide much needed assistance to impacted areas in Western Province, OTML’s home province and the devastated Highlands Region.”

SOM delegates convey condolences

Senior Officials’ from Australia, China, the United States, New Zealand, Japan and Indonesia, when conveying their sympathies, stated that their economies stand ready to assist PNG in humanitarian assistance.

The Senior Officials convened in Port Moresby this week to discuss the work plans of technical fora that fall under the three main committees of APEC and other core agenda’s of APEC that will chart a way forward for the work carried out this year under the overarching theme and priorities of PNG in 2018.

6.7 quake strikes southern New Ireland: Pom Observatory

The earthquake, which has a depth of 53km, occurred as a result of interaction between the Pacific and South Bismarck Plates.

Location: 4.4 degrees S, 153.2 degrees E

Place: About 25km SE of Lasu

Furthermore, an official from the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory (RVO) advised Loop PNG that PMGO’s report is more accurate as their recording station is closer to the epicenter than other foreign observatories, especially in terms of triangulation.

A lifetime scar

This is no exception for the victims of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

Survivors who were successfully evacuated from Moro shared their encounters in an exclusive interview.

A group of women employed by CDI Foundation were amongst the fortunate who were evacuated by the Oil Search chartered flights out of Moro on Tuesday.

Fear and trauma was obvious in the way they spoke and acted during the interview.

One survivor, Jacklyn Ila, openly shed tears for her family back home.

Strong earthquake strikes Indonesia; 2 dead

The 6.5-magnitude quake was centered in Cipatujah, in the western part of Java, the US Geological Survey said, at a depth of 91.9 kilometers (about 57 miles).

Residents felt the quake about 190 miles away (305 kilometers) in the capital of Jakarta, where people briefly evacuated to the ground floor of their high-rises.

Tremors were also felt in the cities of Bandung, more than 63.5 miles away (102.1 kilometers) and Yogyakarta, more than 211 miles away (339.9 kilometers), authorities said.

Centre of New Zealand and Wellington rocked by early morning earthquake

The quake, measuring magnitude 4.1, struck 15km northwest of Wellington just after 2.30am.

Geonet said the quake caused light shaking across the region.

More than 2100 people reported feeling the quake from as far afield as Bay of Plenty and Christchurch.

Many living in the Wellington region described it as a noisy quake that could be heard several seconds before it struck.

"I was already awake working and heard it coming. Rumble then shake," posted Tracy Wellington.

Strong quake hits Iraq-Iran border region

It struck 32km (20mi) south-west of the Iraqi town of Halabja, the USGS said.

Iranian state media said it was felt in several provinces, with eight villages damaged and electricity cut.

Kurdish TV also said many people in Iraqi Kurdistan fled their homes when it struck but there were no initial reports of casualties.

The earthquake struck just before 21:20 local time in Baghdad (18:20 GMT) at a depth of 33.9 km.