5.3-magnitude earthquake hits off eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA (Xinhua): A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rocked off Indonesia's eastern province of Highland Papua on Friday, the country's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said.

The on-land quake occurred at 22 km southeast of Yahukimo regency at 14:06 p.m. local time (0706 GMT) with a depth of 10 km, the agency said.

No tsunami warning was issued as the tremors would not trigger giant waves, it added.

Indonesia, an archipelagic nation made of thousands of islands, has been frequently hit off by earthquakes for its position on a vulnerable quake-jolted area called "the Pacific Ring of Fire."

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake on Nov. 21 killed at least 331 people and injured nearly 600 in West Java’s Cianjur city. It was the deadliest in Indonesia since a 2018 quake and tsunami in Sulawesi killed about 4,340 people.

In 2004, an extremely powerful Indian Ocean quake set off a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia’s Aceh province. - Xinhua

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