EARTHQUAKES CONTINUE TO HIT PNG

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (November 20, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Seismic volatility continued in Papua New Guinea over the weekend -- with a series of earthquakes in the northern part of the country.

Radio Australia correspondent Richard Dinnen reports that it has been confirmed that the quakes have claimed at least one life.

"Further quakes shook northern Papua New Guinea on Saturday and Sunday, measuring in the mid-sixes on the Richter scale.

"At least six earthquakes have hit the area since Thursday, and there have been many aftershocks.

"It has been confirmed that a young boy was killed during the first quake on Thursday. He was taking shelter under a house in the Duke of York Islands when the structure collapsed.

"Disaster management officials have toured the area and have found evidence of property damage, some of it caused by tidal surges in coastal areas.

"They describe the situation in some areas as an emergency, but not a disaster.

"The relief effort will be stepped up today.

"Richard Dinnen, Radio Australia."

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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