20 Sep 2002

PNG's East Sepik faces more quakes as water restored to Wewak

10:42 am on 20 September 2002

Residents in Papua New Guinea's East Sepik Province are still experiencing aftershocks following the 7.6 magnitude earthquake which hit the main township Wewak last week.

Information from the Geophysical Observatory shows that one of the aftershocks measured 6.5 on the Richter scale and was felt as far away as Vanimo in West Sepik, 4-hundred kilometres from Wewak.

So far there have bee no reports of damage from the latest tremor.

Meanwhile, an official at the East Sepik Provincial Administration office says water was restored to Wewak yesterday.

However, the official says the restoration may be shortlived because further cuts to the water supply are expected as repair work on the main water pipeline continues.

Water to Wewak and outlying villages was cut after the earthquake damaged the main pipeline in the township.