An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 occurred in eastern Indonesia

April 6, 2013. Earthquake magnitude 7.2 occurred on Saturday at eastern Indonesia in the province of West Papua, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake at the depth of 58 kilometers, its epicenter was located at 246 kilometers from the village Abepura.

Data on casualties and destruction have been reported yet. Tsunami threat was not announced.

Source: RIA Novosti

 

The earthquake caused panic in Indonesia

April 6, 2013. An earthquake measuring 7.2 in the east Indonesia on Saturday, causing panic among the local population in the province of Papua, including its administrative center of Port Numbae (Jayapura), the agency AFP.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake at the depth of 68 kilometers, its epicenter was located at 246 kilometers from the village Abepura.

Data on casualties and destruction have been reported yet, but local authorities reported that the earthquake had shattered windows in some buildings. People in the capital of Papua from the ground shudder ran out of the houses on the street, many panicked and screamed.

"Earthquake was strong enough to wake the sleeping people and knock the glass, but the houses were not destroyed, "- said the representative of the local weather service. According to him, the force of the earthquake was felt most in Mulia. Meteorologists added that the epicenter of the earthquake lies at the land and the earthquake did not trigger a tsunami.

Indonesia is the most seismically active area of the planet and is a part of the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire" (powerful tectonic fault). Every year there seismologists recorded 6000 — 7000 earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 4.0. In December 2004, a powerful tsunami Indonesia claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

Source: RIA Novosti

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