7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hit Papua New Guinea

Mar 2, 2018

Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea: A magnitude 7.5 earthquake strike Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands province.  This is the strongest earthquake to hit PNG in almost a century.  It has claimed 31 lives so far and officials expect that death toll to climb further.



Nazarene sources report that a 7th-grade girl, the daughter of Nazarene church members, died when her house collapsed during the earthquake. Three permanent Nazarene churches have collapsed and one Nazarene bush church has been destroyed. Many of the people, including the DS, are living outside of their houses due to fear of them collapsing in one of the aftershocks. The Southern Highlands District Superintendent will try to travel out of the area next week to bring a more detailed report to the Field office. He is asking that the church family around the world be informed so they can pray for the people of the Southern Highlands area of Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea is home to 7 million people.  It sits on the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire” in which a multitude of volcanic and seismic activity occurs.

Please pray:

  • For those impacted by the earthquake.
  • For the Melanesia-South Pacific Field and Southern Highlands District as they assess and respond to the needs of those who have been affected.

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is receiving donations towards the PNG Southern Highlands Earthquake Relief.  You can send your donations through https://give.nazarene.org/donate/f/128585.


Grace Tia

Grace Tia is the Communications Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Region.

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