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GV Mini-bus amid debris at coast.
SV Another stranded vehicle.
LV & SV People coming ashore to gain higher ground.
SV Police wading
GV People on muddy foreshore searching for belongings.
SV Man carrying chairs
SV Shop amidst flood-water TILT TO flood-water rising.
SV Floodwater TILT TO water rising.
SV Woman filling gaps beneath door.
CU Man splashing through water.
GV Water rushing down manhole PAN TO People
LV Upturned boat tied to pier.
SV Smashed boats on road.
SV Pick-up truck passing boat in middle of road.
GV Traffic moving around boat.
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Background: New Guinea's biggest earthquake in living memory hit the lands this week. It was centrad sixty miles south-east of Rabaul, in the New Britain island territory north-east of Australia.
Miraculously no casualties resulted from the tremor, the second major one in twelve days, but damage to property was extensive.
The earthquake was reminiscent of another in the territory's history, back in 1906. Civil defence authorities are carrying out an aerial survey of the entire Gazelle Peninsula area as reports of further damage pour in. This coverage is by the Australian Broadcasting Commission.
SYNOPSIS: This was the aftermath this week of one of the biggest earthquakes ever to strike the New Guinea islands. The quake originated sixty miles south-east of Rabaul, in the New Britain island territory north-east of Australia.
Miraculously no casualties resulted from the tremor, the second major one in 12 days, but damage to property was extensive.
Police helped people living along the Rabaul waterfront to move back onto higher ground because of tidal wave threats, and ordered the evacuation of Matupit island near Rabaul. Panic-stricken villagers had been hit by the subsidence of the island's causeway, and many wee forced to swim for the mainland. Hugh tides had hit the causeway from each side.
Householders coped as best they could with the floodwater. Dozens of native houses on New Britain and New Ireland islands were washed away, and Rabaul's main streets were awash.
Dinghies flushed into town by the tide collided with cars being pushed to safety. Others wee smashed on the road.
Further inland, plantations were flattened and homes swept out to sea. It will be some time before the full toll of damage is known.