Magnitude 6.7 Aftershock Strikes After Last Week's 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake

Last week, Papua New Guinea was shaken by a violent 7.5 magnitude earthquake, generating landslides and floods. The quake killed at least 15 people and injuring dozens more.

As Papua New Guinea was beginning to recover, another earthquake hit the small island today, measuring at magnitude 6.7  -- that’s the equivalent to California’s Northridge earthquake in 1994. Two more aftershocks followed -- 5.0 and 5.1. Bringing the death toll to at least 67 people killed from the earthquakes in Papua New Guinea. Around 150,000 people require aid after these earthquakes and aftershocks.

In the event of an earthquake, the initial trembler is only a portion of what can be expected. All 50 states (some more than others) are vulnerable to the unpredictable threats that earthquakes pose:

  • Followed by more earthquakes, known as aftershocks
  • Household items dangerously tossed
  • Collapsed buildings
  • Damaged utilities, roads, bridges, and dams
  • Tsunamis, fires, landslides, and avalanches

Earthquakes are prone to occuring at any time and without warning. As scientists continue to seek out ways to predict future earthquakes, we must rely on our gut to protect and prepare ourselves. Before Disaster Strikes, prepare your family and loved ones today with Emergency Case.


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Reference:

https://weather.com/news/news/2018-03-06-papua-new-guinea-earthquake-porgera

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/strong-quake-shakes-remote-papua-guinea-region-53553872

https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes

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