Natural disasters in Papua New Guinea
Another country that is greatly affected by natural disasters is Papau New Guinea. Earthquakes affect it and sometimes result in tsunamis. Some previous recorded natural disasters in this area are the:
1998 Papua New Guinea earthquake
The 1998 Papua New Guinea earthquake was a magnitude 7.0 event that took place in the early evening on Friday, 17 July 1998. The earthquake struck the north coast region of Papua New Guinea, 25 km (16 mi) from the coast near Aitape, and resulted in a large undersea landslide, which in turn resulted in a tsunami that swept the coast.
The tsunami resulted in at least 2,183 people being killed, thousands being injured, about 9,500 homeless and about 500 missing. The maximum height of the waves were estimated at being 15 m (49 ft) high with an average height of 10.5 m (34 ft).
The area worst hit was a 30 km (19 mi) coastal strip running north-west from Aitape to the village of Sissano. Several villages in the path of the tsunami were completely destroyed and others extensively damaged. The village of Arop was situated on a narrow spit between the coast and Sissano lagoon. It was directly in the path of the tsunami and was worst hit.
If you are in this area and need to contact the emergency services you can call 110 or 000