6.6-magnitude quake hit in waters off Indonesia’s easternmost province; 39 injured

September 27, 2015 7:04 am

A 6.6-magnitude quake hit in waters off Indonesia’s easternmost
province early Friday, injuring dozens of people, damaging buildings and
sending panicked residents fleeing from homes, hotels and even a
hospital.
The quake, which struck at 00:53 a.m. Friday (1553 GMT
Thursday), was centered 28 kilometers (17 miles) north of Sorong, a town
in Indonesia’s West Papua province, the U.S. Geological Survey said on
its Web site. It occurred at a depth of 24 kilometers (15 miles).

The quake, which struck at 00:53 a.m. Friday local time, was centered 28
kilometers north of Sorong, a town in Indonesia’s West Papua province.
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Hundreds
of people fled their homes in panic in Sorong and at least 39 people
were hurt, mostly with broken bones, said Petrus Korisano from the local
disaster mitigation agency in Sorong. Nearly 260 houses and buildings
were damaged.
Hundreds of people were evacuated to temporary shelters as authorities surveyed the damage, Korisano told The Associated Press.

The panic extended to Manokwari city, 315 kilometers (195
miles) to the west of the epicenter, where hundreds of patients from at
least one hospital had to be evacuated, some in wheelchairs or with IVs
attached to their arms, said Burhanudin, an official at the disaster
mitigation agency in the city, who like many Indonesians uses only one
name. Hotels emptied and residents ran into the streets and higher
ground in the Raja Ampat popular tourist destination.
An official
from Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency, Budi Waluyo, said
the underwater quake had no potential to generate tsunami waves along
nearby coasts.
The world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia is
prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,”
an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.
In
2004, a monster temblor off the shores of Aceh in Indonesia triggered a
tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. Most of the
deaths were in Aceh.
– AP

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