Tuesday, December 9, 2008

PAPUA NEW GUINEA:Unusual Tidal Waves...again but no signs of Tsunami

ABC News...

Huge waves engulf PNG provinces

There are concerns for people living on low lying islands off the Papua New Guinea north-east coast after huge waves washed away coastal village huts.

The east coast of the PNG mainland and the west coast of New Ireland province reported severe flooding from storm surges thought to have been caused by unusually high king tides.

Beachfront villages were washed away and pools of water up to two metres deep swamped towns.

Patients were evacuated from Wewak hospital in the Prime Minister's home province of East Sepik while doctors and police in New Ireland have been checking on people living on the nearby low lying islands.

The high waves brought back memories of the 1998 Aitape tsunami which claimed 2,000 lives in the East Sepik province.

There have been no reports of seismic activity or deaths.

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