An earthquake has struck Indonesia’s eastern province of West Papua, causing nervous residents to flee their houses in panic days after a tsunami killed hundreds further west in the vast archipelago.
Indonesian authorities measured Friday’s quake with a 6.1 magnitude and said it was “felt quite strongly” for several seconds. The US Geological Survey gave a 5.8 magnitude measuring.
The epicentre of the quake was on land near the city of Manokwari.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The region in Papua, which makes up half the island known as New Guinea, is sparsely populated.
The Indonesian meteorological agency said it did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami.
“People in Manokwari Selatan felt the tremor for six seconds, causing them to panic and flee out of houses and buildings,”Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson for the country’s national disaster mitigation agency, said.