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6.1-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia Region: USGS

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – A robust 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s Papua area Saturday morning and was adopted by a 5.8-magnitude aftershock minutes later, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) stated.

Both quakes hit at a comparatively shallow depth of 15 kilometers, about 272 kilometers from the city of Abepura, based on the USGS.

No casualties or damages have been instantly reported by authorities, however the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BKMG) warned of average shaking and light-weight harm in a tweet.

Indonesia experiences frequent earthquakes resulting from its place on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire,’ an arc of intense seismic exercise the place tectonic plates collide, that stretches from Japan via Southeast Asia and throughout the Pacific basin.

A 6.2-magnitude quake that shook the island of Sulawesi in January 2021 killed greater than 100 folks and left 1000’s homeless, decreasing buildings to a tangled mass of twisted steel and chunks of concrete within the seaside metropolis of Mamuju.