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6.1-magnitude earthquake hits West Papua

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 28, 2018   /   11:26 am
6.1-magnitude earthquake hits West Papua A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted West Papua on Friday morning. (Courtesy of BMKG/-)

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted West Papua on Friday morning, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported.

The earthquake struck at around 10 a.m. local time, with its epicenter located some 55 kilometers southeast of South Manokwari and predicted to be 26 km deep.

“It did not trigger a tsunami,” a BMKG spokesperson said in a press release, adding that no casualties were reported as of yet.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said separately that the earthquake triggered panic among residents.

“A strong earthquake was felt for five seconds in Manokwari regency, prompting people to gather in open fields,” said BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. (swd)