Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hits eastern Indonesia; officials assessing impact, no tsunami warning issued

Jakarta: Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hits eastern Indonesia; officials assessing impact, no tsunami warning issued. A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Papua, in eastern Indonesia on Sunday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

Representational image. News18

Representational image. News18

The quake was about 158 kilometres south-southwest of the province's capital Jayapura at a depth of 61 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake was felt in Jayapura, but residents didn't panic, a military spokesman said.

"I felt it at home," Papua's military spokesman in Jayapura Dax Sianturi said. Officials are still assessing the impact of the quake, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide. Last September, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2,200 with a thousand more declared missing.

On boxing day 26 December, 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck Aceh province, causing a tsunami and killing more than 170,000 in Indonesia.

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Updated Date: Dec 17, 2018 09:33:41 IST

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