4 dead in 5.2-magnitude quake in Indonesia’s Papua

At least four people have been killed and several houses damaged after a shallow 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s eastern Papua region today, the monitoring agency said.

The epicenter of the earthquake was 1km from Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, at a depth of 10km, according to the Indonesian Geophysical Agency (BMKG). The four injured people were in a cafe when the earthquake caused the building to collapse, Jayapura disaster management director Asep Khalid said in a statement.

He added, the earthquake felt strong for two to three seconds, causing panic among the residents. Uncensored footage on social media showed buildings at the port collapsing into the sea and damaging small shops and a hospital in the town.

The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) recorded the earthquake at a magnitude of 5.5.

Today’s earthquake in Papua is one of more than a thousand recorded in the region since January this year, according to BMKG. “Since January 2, 2023, there have been 1,079 earthquakes around Jayapura, including about 132 near the residents,” said BMKG director Dwikorita Karnawati.

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