Indonesia Earthquake: 6.1-Magnitude Quake Strikes Papua Barat Province

IANS
However tsunami waves were forecast to be less than 30 cm high, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said. The Philippines' government seismology office said cities in the south of the country felt "moderately strong" shaking.

Jakarta, December 28: An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale rocked Indonesia's Papua Barat province on Friday, officials said. There was, however, no report of any casualty.

Also Read | World Bank Offers Disaster-hit Indonesia USD 1 Billion in Loans

The earthquake had an epicentre of 26 km under Manokwari town, but no tsunami warning was issued, Xinhua news agency quoted an meteorology official as saying. No major damage or casualty has been reported, Indonesia's national disaster management agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. Indonesia Tsunami: Christmas Celebrations Replaced by Sombre Prayers as Death Toll Reaches 429, Survivors Remain Jittery.

"The tremors only triggered panic, people were rushing outside their houses. The jolts were strongly felt for five minutes," added.

Also Read | Indonesia Earthquake, Tsunami: 5,000 People Missing, Death Toll Reaches to 2,045

This comes days after a tsunami struck the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra on December 22, shortly after the Anak Krakatau volcano erupted in the Sunda Strait. At least 430 people were killed after the volcanic eruption triggered a massive tsunami. Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity.