7.0 quake rocks Indonesia's Papua province

Strong earthquake hits provincial capital Jayapura causing panic, no tsunami warning issued

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A powerful earthquake struck Indonesia's Papua region on Monday, causing panic and damaging buildings, the US Geological Survey has said.

The magnitude 7.0 quake hit a remote and inaccessible area, Indonesia's national disaster agency said, adding that there have been no reports of casualties.

The disasters officials said the quake was felt strongly and caused a panic, leading people to rush out of their homes.

The quake's epicenter was in a remote jungle and the officials said there was no threat of a tsunami occurring.

Rescuers are still trying to reach the affected areas to collect more data, disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP.

Some buildings, as well as many roads, were damaged near the epicenter and a hospital's walls cracked in Kasonaweja city, AFP reported.

A 15-year-old boy is reportedly missing after he fell into a river while he was fishing during the quake.

Indonesia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area which experiences high levels of seismic and volcanic activity.

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