Strong earthquake rocks eastern Indonesia

Author: AP

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Friday’s quake came as Indonesia is still recovering from another, more
powerful earthquake on western Sumatra that killed more than 1,000 people
last month.

The latest 6.0-magnitude quake was centered about nine miles southeast of
Manokwari in West Papua province and had a depth of about 22 miles, the US
Geological Survey said. It struck at about 8:15 pm local time (11:15GMT).
The epicenter was about 1,900 miles east of the capital, Jakarta.

Local MetroTV channel said the temblor brought down a building. Officials
could not immediately be reached to confirm the report and there were no
other details.

Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that make the vast island nation
prone to volcanic and seismic activity. A giant quake off the country on
December 26, 2004, triggered the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000
people, half of them in Indonesia’s Aceh.

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