6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia

Jakarta: An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia’s Papua Barat province on Friday, officials said. There was, however, no report of any casualty. The earthquake had an epicentre of 26 km under Manokwari town, but no tsunami warning was issued, Xinhua news agency quoted an meteorology official as saying.

No major damage or casualty has been reported, Indonesia’s national disaster management agency spokes­per­son Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. “The tremors only triggered panic, people were rushing outside their houses. The jolts were strongly felt for five minutes,” Nugroho added.

This comes days after a tsunami struck the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra on December 22, shortly after the Anak Krakatoa volcano erupted in the Sunda Strait. At least 430 people were killed after the volcanic eruption triggered a massive tsunami. Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity.

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