Quake shakes eastern Indonesia; no initial report of damage


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  • Sunday, 19 Jan 2020

A filepic showing a man spraying water on a fire following a series of strong earthquakes to hit Papua. Three people were killed and hundreds of homes were damaged on June 16, when a series of strong earthquakes hit eastern Indonesia, triggering a tsunami warning and widespread panic. A strong inland earthquake late Saturday night (Jan 18) struck Indonesia's easternmost Papua province.

JAKARTA: A strong inland earthquake late Saturday night struck Indonesia's easternmost Papua province.

There were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties on Sunday (Jan 19).

The magnitude 6.0 quake was centred 141km (87 miles) west of Abepura city at a depth of 33.6km (20.8 miles), the US Geological Survey said.

Rahmat Triyono, head of Indonesia's earthquake and tsunami center, said in a statement the inland earthquake did not have the potential to cause a tsunami, and urged people to stay away from slopes of soil or rocks that have the potential for landslides as people in some parts of Papua province felt a moderate tremor for a few seconds.

He said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 260 million people, is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

In 2018, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island left more than 4,300 people dead or missing.
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