On February 26, 2018, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Porgera in Papua New Guinea's Enga province, killing dozens of people, destroying houses and causing landslides. There have been dozens of strong aftershocks, with some over 6.0-magnitude. The Prime Minister has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas, but the extent of the damage will not be clear until relief workers can complete a full assessment. The regions most affected are rural and difficult to reach. Around 670,000 people live within 100 km of the earthquake's epicenter. An Americares emergency team is deploying to Papua New Guinea to provide aid.
Americares has responded to other disasters in remote Pacific island nations including Fiji and Vanuatu after Cyclones Winston and Pam.
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