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6.1-magnitude quake causes brief panic in Jayapura

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 16, 2018   /   08:14 pm
6.1-magnitude quake causes brief panic in Jayapura A screen capture of a map from the USGS website shows a yellow star indicating the location of a 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Papua province on Dec. 16. (JP/-)

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake, the epicenter of which was on land, shook Keerom regency in Papua at 4:42 p.m. Jakarta time, or 6:42 p.m. local time on Sunday.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said the epicenter was 52 kilometers southwest off Keerom with a depth of 106 kilometers. No tsunami warning was issued.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said the tremor lasted three to four seconds and caused panic among people in Keerom, Jayapura regency, Jayapura municipality, Pegunungan Bintang regency.

There were no reports of casualties or damaged buildings. 

The Papua BPBD said the situation was under control, BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement on Sunday. (evi)