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Rebuilding underway near centre of Bougainville earthquakes

The town of Buin in the south of Papua New Guinea's Bougainville is requesting building materials and tools from the province's government after strong earthquakes left homes destroyed.

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Papua New Guinea + 2 others
22 April 2014: Pacific - Recent earthquakes

1. Mexico – Earthquake

• On 18 April at 14.27 UTC an earthquake of 7.2 M magnitude (depth 24 km) struck south western Mexico. The epicenter was located approx. 36 km north-northwest of Tecpan de Galeana (Guerrero State). USGS-PAGER indicates shaking up to “Strong” for 263 000 people.

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54,000 face food shortages in PNG due to Cyclone Ita

Reports from Papua New Guinea say about 54,000 people directly affected by tropical Cyclone Ita face food shortages in the next two weeks.

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Aftershocks in Bougainville after weekend quake raises landslip fears

A government administrator in the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville says there are still tremors after Saturday night's large earthquake, as damage reports keep coming in.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 16 - 21 April 2014

Five earthquakes over 6.0 magnitude have been recorded, including a magnitude 7.8 on 19 April that struck off Panguna on Bougainville Island. No major damage has been reported.

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Latest quake damages houses and gardens in PNG's Bougainville

It will be tomorrow before a full picture is gained of the impact of the latest major earthquake to hit the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville.

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Supply boat to leave for cyclone-torn PNG islands on Monday

The coordinator of the cyclone response team in Papua New Guinea's Milne Bay says a supply boat will leave on Monday for the outer islands.

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Bougainville emergency chief calls on people to help themselves

Following strong earthquakes in Bougainville in Papua New Guinea last weekend, the emergency manager says people need to help themselves.

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Relief work underway in PNG after cyclone, but arriving slowly

Relief work in remote Papua New Guinean islands is set to take weeks after damage caused by Cyclone Ita.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 9-15 April 2014

More than 9,000 people remain displaced in Honiara, and 50,000 more are affected, 12 days after severe flooding devastated Honiara and greater Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

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Bougainville Red Cross says about 50 houses wrecked by quake

The Red Cross in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville says it hopes aid can quickly be got to the victims of two strong earthquakes which struck the south of the province last Friday.

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Solomons flood victims 'terrified' after quakes

04/14/2014 07:26 GMT

by Dorothy Wickham

HONIARA, April 14, 2014 (AFP) - A series of powerful earthquakes off the Solomon Islands sparked panic in evacuation centres filled with victims of an earlier flood but apparently caused no serious damage, aid workers said Monday.

A 7.6-magnitude quake woke residents in the flood-hit capital Honiara early Sunday, followed soon after by a 5.9-magnitude aftershock, then a tremor close to midnight that measured 7.5, according to the US Geological Survey.

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“Priceless” donation from neighbour Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea Government is providing an initial support of $200,000 through their High Commission in the Solomon Islands, as well as a pledge of PGK1 Million (around $3 million).

“The Government and people of Papua New Guinea stand united to support and assist in the coming weeks,” PNG Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said last Thursday.

The donation is for those affected by flash flooding, and is intended to provide relief, resettlement, infrastructure repair, and other efforts.

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More than 50,000 affected in PNG by Cyclone Ita

It is estimated 54,000 people in Papua New Guinea have been affected by tropical cyclone Ita and authorities expect that number to rise.

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Powerful 7.3 quake hits off Papua New Guinea: USGS

04/11/2014 08:23 GMT

SYDNEY, April 11, 2014 (AFP) - A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Friday, US officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was sounded.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at an estimated depth of 54 kilometres (34 miles) at around the same distance west of the town of Panguna on the remote and volcanic Bougainville island.

Geoscience Australia estimated the quake at 7.4 magnitude and said the tremor, which hit close to the neighbouring Solomon Islands, was believed to be in the "shallow" range.

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Severe cyclone dumping rain on PNG as it heads for Australia

There are forecasts 300 millimetres of rain will be dumped between now and Friday morning on Papua New Guinea's south; courtesy of the category 4 Cyclone Ita.

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Ita is heading towards the far north Queensland coast and emergency crews there are ramping up their preparations as the cyclone is expected to make landfall around Cooktown Friday night.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

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South Pacific: Tropical Cyclone Ita (as of 8 Apr 2014)

NASA's Aqua Satellite Reveals Tropical Cyclone Ita Strengthening

Tropical Cyclone Ita's maximum sustained winds have increased over the last day and NASA's Aqua satellite provided forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center with a visible look at the storm on April 8.

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Solomon Islands + 4 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 1-8 April 2014

Flash flooding in the Solomon Islands has left 23 people dead and many more still missing. Heavy rainfall in China has also caused 14 deaths and massive evacuations.

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