6.3-magnitude quake hits eastern Indonesia

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Papua, in eastern Indonesia on June 20 but no tsunami warning was issued.

Illustrative image (Source: dhakatribune.com)

Illustrative image (Source: dhakatribune.com)

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake hit about 250 kilometres west of the town of Abepura in Papua province at 12:46 am local time at a depth of 12 kilometers.

It was felt weakly in Abepura, but most people did not notice it.

There were no immediate reports of casualties after the earthquake.

Last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2,200 with a thousand more declared missing.  On Dec 26, 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck Aceh province, causing a tsunami and killing more than 170,000.

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.

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