Quake strikes Indonesia’s Papua

Mar 13, 2010 9:21 AM | By Sapa-dpa Times Live

A magnitude-6 earthquake struck the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua before midday, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage, geophysicists said.

The quake took place at a depth of 30 kilometres and was centred about 342 kilometres north-west of the Manokwari district, the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) said. It occurred at 11:53 am (0253 GMT).

It was the latest in a series of jolts to hit Indonesia in recent weeks, the agency said.

A magnitude-7.6 quake struck off the western coast of Sumatra in late September, killing more than 1, 100 people and injuring hundreds of others.

A magnitude-9 earthquake off northern Sumatra and a subsequent tsunami that rolled across the Indian Ocean struck five years ago, killing 230, 000 people, more than 170, 000 of whom died in Indonesia’s Aceh province alone.

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