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Jakarta Post

Earthquakes lay waste to Manokwari, kill four

  • The Jakarta Post

Manokwari   /   Mon, January 5 2009   /  11:06 am

A series of powerful earthquakes rocked Manokwari, the capital of West Papua, on Sunday, killing four people, injuring dozens and destroying hundreds of buildings. One 7.3-magnitude tremor was felt as far away as Australia and sent small tsunamis into Japan's southeastern coast, the Associated Press reported. The first quake, magnitude 7.6, struck at 4:43 a.m. local time about 135 kilometers from Manokwari at a depth of 35 kilometers, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Dozens of aftershocks followed. At least four people died in Papua, where the runway of the airport nearest the epicenter was split by the force, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told reporters. "I've instructed emergency steps be taken to help our brothers and to restore power and other vital utilities," Yudhoyono said. Among the dead was a 10-year-old girl, identified as Yol...