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4.1-magnitude earthquake hits W Papua's Kaimana District

Senin 07 Jan 2019 00:27 WIB

Red: Reiny Dwinanda

Earthquake. (Illustration)

Earthquake. (Illustration)

The quake was a shallow one, caused by plate collisions.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, SORONG -- An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter Scale jolted Kaimana District in West Papua Province on Sunday. It occured at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Indonesian Standard Time (WIT).

The quake's epicenter was located at 4.5 degrees southern latitude and 133.52 degrees eastern longitude. It was around 96 kilometers (km) southwest of Kaimana District, and at a depth of 15 km, according to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

The agency stated it was a shallow earthquake, caused by plate collisions, and the tremor did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami. The BMKG said there were no reports on casualties and damages, caused by the earthquake.

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, as it is located on the "Pacific Ring of Fire", where several tectonic plates meet and cause frequent volcanic and seismic activities.

As a result, several parts of the archipelago are prone to earthquakes, as could be observed from last year's deadly earthquakes in Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara Province, and Palu, the capital city of Central Sulawesi Province.

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