M6.8 natural disaster strikes off the coast of Papua New Guinea

March from Oil Search Limited shows Oil Search staff helping locals distribute supplies from Oil Search and the Australian government in Papua New Guinea

It is not yet known if the latest quake caused any damage or fatalities.

The aftershock was one of the six strong quakes that hit the country since midnight on Wednesday, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

The 7.5 magnitude quake left around 100 people dead and more than 150,000 people in desperate need of emergency supplies. The quakes have destroyed homes and triggered landslides, while work on four oil and gas fields have been shut down.

The major temblor which struck the country's Southern Highlands region on February 25 left more than 30 people dead, with aid agencies reporting about 150,000 other victims in urgent need of emergency supplies.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill had declared a state of emergency on March 1 in the disaster-stricken provinces. "There will be no quick fix", he said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday said no Filipino has been reported dead in the earthquakes that hit Papua New Guinea.

Landslides and damaged roads and bridges have made it impossible to reach some of the areas by land. However, the neighboring nations of Australia and New Zealand have sent helicopters and planes to help deliver food and supplies to remote regions. This was announced by the Governor of the province of southern highlands William Powi, reports Anadolu news Agency.



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