Strong quake hits eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:19am EDT

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JAKARTA (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck eastern Indonesia on Saturday off Irian Jaya, the United States Geological Survey said, and the Indonesian disaster mitigation agency said the quake has no tsunami potential.

The USGS said the quake was recorded offshore, 51 miles south-southeast of the town of Manokwari, at a depth of 18.5 miles. It had initially estimated the magnitude of the tremor at 6.9 and 7.0. At least one major aftershock was recorded.

In Manokwari, "the quake was felt quite strongly for a couple of seconds, and residents ran away from houses and buildings," said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

There were no immediate reports of damage, although the office is still waiting for reports from the regions, Nugroho added.

(Reporting by Singapore Asia Desk and Olivia Rondonuwu in Jakarta)

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Oamaruvian wrote:
I believe that “West Papua” has been the accepted terminology for the region since 2001.

“Irian Jaya” is considered the more colonial, repressive term.

Apr 20, 2012 11:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dkfour wrote:
I do believe that in 2007 the official name of Irian Jaya was changed to West Papua.

Apr 21, 2012 1:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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