Papua New Guinea, a country taking up one-half of a large island in Oceania, more particularly located just a handful of miles above the extreme right portion of Australia’s Northern coast, was stricken by an earthquake on Monday, February 25, being reported as an alarmingly-strong 7.5-magnitude force of nature.
News reports indicate that interior portions of Papua New Guinea were ravaged by several landslides, which contributed to the damage of permanent buildings, as well as the screeching halt of oil and gas mining operations.
The earthquake reared its ugly head at roughly 3:45 a.m. local time, according to none other than the world’s expert in earthquakes and other geological events, the United States Geological Survey reported.
Fortunately for Papua New Guinea, the only area harmed significantly was in a remote, rural area. However, it was impractical for a states spokesperson representing Papua New Guinea’s National Disaster Center. That source further stated that the country’s government would not be able to assess the true extent of damage until telephone communications with the remote region were made stable once again.
As of now, there have not been any deaths confirmed in Papua New Guinea related directly to the earthquake, though global humanitarian organization International Red Cross stated that it feared Papua New Guinea’s staunch earthquake most likely brought along “fears of human casualties.”
United States Geological Survey data shows that a minimum of 13 aftershocks were detected in the island nation immediately following the earthquake, at least 13 that registered at least a 5.0 magnitude on the infamous Richter scale.
It’s good to know that the Papua New Guinea Defense Force sent several teams of emergency response experts out to areas affected by the recent earthquake. This will help preserve the lives of any persons potentially trapped in structures or natural resources like trees or earth caused by landslides, building collapses, and other direct effects of the 7.5-magnitude monster.
Global petrochemical conglomerate ExxonMobil publicly noted that it felt motivated to shut down a gas conditioning plant location in Hides. Further, ExxonMobil felt that – and this is at minimum, and more damage could have been done to ExxonMobil’s assets itself, not counting those belonging to any other person or entity – several administration facilities, mess halls, and living quarters had been permanently damaged.
ExxonMobil also stated that any and all flights to an airfield in nearly Komo, Papua New Guinea, had been held off until expected to be safe.