An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck off the West Java coast on Friday night (15/12). (JG Photo)

4.5-Magnitude Quake Creates Panic in Papua


NOVEMBER 27, 2016

Jakarta. An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale caused panic for residents in the Tambrauw district of Papua on Sunday morning (27/11), Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, or BMKG, reported.

Andri Wijaya, head of BMKG Sorong, said the quake occurred at 8.03 a.m. local time, with the epicenter some 40 kilometers northwest of Tambrauw at a 10 kilometer depth.

Residents panicked and fled from homes during the two minute quake, state-run Antara news agency reported.

No tsunami alert has been issued Andri said.

An aftershock measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale followed at 08.38 a.m. Residents are advised to remain vigilant in the case of further aftershocks.