WORLD 4 killed, buildings damaged as earthquake hits eastern Indonesia


4 killed, buildings damaged as earthquake hits eastern Indonesia


17:40, February 09, 2023

JAKARTA, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Four people were killed and several houses and buildings destroyed after a 5.4 magnitude earthquake jolted eastern Papua province on Thursday, a disaster agency official said.

"The jolts of the quake were felt strongly here. They damaged houses, a restaurant and buildings," Jonathan Koirewoa, manager of the operation control center for the provincial disaster management and mitigation agency, told Xinhua via phone.

"Four people were killed during the earthquake. Now we are carrying out risk assessments of the quake," he said.

The country's meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency reported the earthquake struck at 13:28 p.m. local time (0628 GMT) with its epicenter located 1 km southwest of the provincial capital of Jayapura and a depth of 10 km.

The earthquake did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami, it said.

Several aftershocks occurred after the main shock, according to the agency.

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