12 October 2012

6.7 Magnitude Quake Strikes Off Indonesia’s Papua

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no immediate tsunami alert issued, Jakarta Globe reported.

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

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center website said there was no current warning or advisory in effect.

“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, told AFP.

“We haven’t received any reports of damage so far,” he said, adding the agency measured the quake at 7.0 magnitude.

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