– A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Papua Province
An earthquake struck Indonesia’s Papua province, located in the southeast of the archipelago, on Saturday morning.
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s Papua province on Saturday morning, followed minutes later by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.
Both earthquakes were recorded 272 kilometers from the town of Abebura at a depth of 15 kilometers, the USGS said. Officials did not immediately report any loss of life or property damage. The Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysical Agency (BKMG) warned of moderate shaking and limited damage in a tweet.
Indonesia is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, meaning it is prone to frequent earthquakes. In January 2021, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi, killing more than 100 people and leaving thousands homeless, and buildings in the coastal town of Mamuju were reduced to pieces of mangled metal and concrete.