Dec. 16, 2018 – Mary Greeley News – A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Papua, in eastern Indonesia Sunday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.
The quake was about 158 kilometers south-southwest of the province’s capital Jayapura at 6:42 pm (0942 GMT), at a depth of 61 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey.
A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted an hour prior, ejecting columns of thick ash as high as 7,500 meters (24,606 feet) into the sky.
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The quake was felt in Jayapura.
“I felt it at home,” Papua’s military spokesman in Jayapura Dax Sianturi said.
Mount Soputan, located on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted twice on Sunday morning, according to the national disaster agency’s spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
Indonesia is prone to both earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire.”
The popular tourist destination has been rocked in recent months by a deadly earthquake and tsunami in the city of Sulawesi.
Officials are still assessing the impact of the quake, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.
Last September, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2,200 with a thousand more declared missing.