Strong quake strikes off Papua New Guinea, no tsunami alert, casualties in Indonesia

07:57, August 05, 2010      

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A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 rocked Papua New Guinea on Thursday morning, but there was not potential for tsunami and no damages or fatalities caused in easternmost of Indonesia, Indonesian officials said in Jakarta.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported on its website the quake was recorded at 7.0 Richter scale.

Papua of Indonesia shares an island with Papua New Guinea.

The quake jolted at 5:01 a.m. Jakarta time Thursday (2201 GMT Wednesday) with the epicenter at 549 km northeast Portmoresby of Papua New Guinea and with the depth at 74 km under sea bed, official of the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency Trihandayani told Xinhua by phone.

Disaster management Agency official in Papua Hilman Sitinjar said that there was no damages and casualties caused by the quake in the area.

"So far, the shakes of the quakes is not very strong. There is no building damaged or any injuries so far,"he said.

Papua New Guinea and Indonesia lie on a vulnerable quake-hit zone called the Pacific ring of fire.

Source: Xinhua


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