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A M6.6 earthquake strikes off eastern Indonesia

Earthquake strikes Indonesia approximately at 10:16 am, local time
Earthquake strikes Indonesia approximately at 10:16 am, local time

Staff writers

April 21, 2012 — A powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the waters off eastern Indonesia Saturday.

People in Indonesia were left in panic following an earthquake that ripped through Jayapura Saturday morning, local time. 

Residents of the sparsely populated region reported seeing street lamps shaking and items being knocked off from shelves.

Despite the magnitude of the quake, there has been no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit 83 km off Papua province and was centered just 30 km beneath the ocean floor. No  
tsunami warnings have been issued. 

Seismicity along the South Solomon trench is dominantly related to subduction tectonics and therefore large earthquakes are common. In 2004, a powerful quake off the country triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people. 

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