Powerful quake strikes off Papua, Indonesia

09:12, September 30, 2010      

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A strong earthquake with magnitude of 7.4 struck off Papua of Indonesia on Thursday, but tsunami did not occur and there was no imediate reports of casualty or damage, officials said in Jakarta.

Two moderate aftershocks followed the main shock, the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency reported.

The agency had issued tsunami warning for about 1.5 hours, but then it lifted the warning, an official of the agency who goes with single name Octivar said.

The main shock jolted at at 00:10 a.m. Jakarta time Thursday ( 1710 GMT Wednesday) with epicenter 141 km southeast Kaimana town of Irian Barat in Papua and with the depth 25 km under sea bed, an official of the agency named only Octivar said.

The USGS reported on its website that the quake was measured at 6.6 with the depth 21.2 km and it reported a 7.2 magnitude quake some one minute later.

The intensity of the quake was felt at 3 to 4 MMI (modified Mercally Intensity in Tual of Maluku province, and 3 MMI at Kaimana town, he said.

According to Indonesian meteorology and geophysics agency two moderate aftershocks with magnitude of 5.3 and 5.2 followed the main shock.

The 5.3 magnitude quake struck at 00:58 a.m. Jakarta time Thursday (1758 GMT Wednesday) with epicenter 119 km southeast kaimana town of Irian Barat of Papua and with the depth 10 km under sea bed, the official said.

Three minutes later, the otherafter shock struk with epicenter 90 km southeast Kaimana town and with the depth 108 km under sea bed, he said.

Disaster Management Agency official in Papua Hilman Sitinjar told Xinhua by phone that was no initial reports of building damaged or people injured.

Indonesia is vulnerable from earthquake as it lies on a vulnerable-quake hit zone so called "the Pacific Ring of fire."

Source: Xinhua


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