A supplied image shows locals inspecting a landslide and damage to a road located near the township of Tabubil after an earthquake that struck Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands, February 26, 2018. (Jerome Kay/Handout via REUTERS)
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A powerful earthquake rattled forest villages and a large gold mine in central Papua New Guinea early Monday, as the government sent officers to the region to assess unverified reports of fatalities and check the extent of the damage.The magnitude-7.5 quake hit about 89 kilometers (55 miles) southwest of Porgera in the Pacific Island nation. Chris McKee, acting director of geohazards management for the Papua New Guinea government, said tens of thousands of people live in the forested highlands region affected by the quake.The quake hit at a relatively shallow depth of 35 kilometers (22 miles), and shallow quakes tend to be more strongly felt.
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