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6.7 Magnitude Earthquake in Papua

World News / Earthquake in Papua > A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, with reports of minor damage to some houses on remote islands but no tsunami warning issued.


The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 9:31 am (0131 GMT), was 247 kilometres (153 miles) southwest of Nabire in Papua and 108 kilometres north of Dobo in the Aru Islands, USGS said. It hit at a depth of 24 kilometres.


The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre website said there was no current warning or advisory in effect while social media reports said the quake was felt as far away as Darwin, in northern Australia “There is no tsunami potential. The quake was felt in towns of Nabire, Wamena in Papua and the city of Ambon in Maluku islands,” Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency duty officer, Fauzi, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP. He added that the agency measured the quake at 7.0 magnitude.


A spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said slight damage had been reported in the remote Aru islands in Maluku province, close to the epicentre of the quake. “People panicked and rushed outside to a safe place. Some houses lightly damaged. There’s no reports of any victims,” he said in a text message to AFP. AFP

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