6.1 Magnitude Quake Hits Indonesia’s West Papua, No Casualties Reported
Indonesian authorities measured the quake with a magnitude of 6.1 and said it was “felt quite strongly for several seconds”.
AKARTA: A magnitude 56.1 earthquake rattled the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, causing nervous residents to panic about a week after a tsunami killed hundreds further west in the archipelago.Indonesian authorities measured the quake with a magnitude of 6.1 and said it was “felt quite strongly for several seconds”.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The region in Papua, which makes up half the island known as New Guinea, is sparsely populated.
A tsunami caused by the collapse of part of a volcano crater on Saturday killed at least 430 people when waves of up to 5 metres smashed into the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra.