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Earthquake hits parts of Indonesia’s Papua, no casualties reported World News


An earthquake rocked Indonesia’s easternmost province on Monday, but there have been no reports of serious damage or casualties.

Indonesia, a seismically active archipelago of 270 million people, is regularly hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. (Antara Foto/Hendra Nurdiyansyah/via Reuters/File)

The 5.4-magnitude quake was epicentered 135 kilometers (83 miles) southwest of the Abepura district of Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The accident occurred at a depth of 13 kilometers (8 miles).

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said there was no danger of a tsunami but warned of possible aftershocks. Preliminary measurements showed that the magnitude of the earthquake was 6.4. Variations in early measurements of earthquakes are common.

With a population of just over 1 million, Papua is one of the least populous provinces in Indonesia.

In February, another shallow earthquake shook the province, killing four people and leaving four unable to escape when a floating restaurant collapsed into the sea.

Indonesia, a seismically active archipelago of 270 million people, is regularly hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

In November last year, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit West Java province, killing at least 602 people and injuring more than 7,700. In January 2021, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale occurred in West Sulawesi Province, killing more than 100 people and injuring nearly 6,500.

A powerful earthquake off the coast of Aceh in 2004 triggered a powerful tsunami that killed some 230,000 people in more than a dozen countries.


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