Wednesday, November 3, 2010

6.0-magnitude earthquake rocks eastern Indonesia

Posted: 03 November 2010 1937 hrs

JAKARTA : A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, but there were no reports of damage, an official said.

The epicentre was 106 kilometres (66 miles) southeast of Kaimana in West Papua province, beneath the sea at a depth of 50 kilometres, a government seismologist said.

"So far, we haven't received any reports about damage," he said.

The US Geological Survey said it had recorded a 6.1-magnitude quake at a depth of 29 kilometres in the same area.

The region is sparsely populated and off limits to foreign aid groups and journalists due to Jakarta's sensitivity over a separatist movement among Papua's indigenous Melanesians.

Indonesia is reeling from the dual disasters of a tsunami which killed more than 400 people in the western Mentawai islands last week and an erupting volcano which has killed 36 people in central Java.

The archipelago of 240 million people stretches from the Pacific to the Indian oceans and is studded with active volcanoes and fringed by shifting continental plates. - AFP/ms

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