West Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi
Wamena, Jubi – Wamena in Jayawijaya Regency was rocked by a 5.3-magnitude earthquake on Friday, March 12, 2021. The epicenter of the earthquake was 49 kilometers from Wamena.
Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) officer in Wamena, I Wayan Gita Giriharta, said the first earthquake was recorded at 5.6-magnitude but then the agency corrected it to 5.3-magnitude. The epicenter was on the south of Wamena and it has 24-km depth.
“This is a shallow earthquake, caused by a local plate activity. The impact of this earthquake is felt in Wamena by people who were inside a house,” he said. He said reports of the impact of the quake came from neighboring regency, Mimika, as well.
US Geological Survey (USGS) reported the earthquake was of 5.2-magnitude and had a depth of 10 km.
However, no damages had been reported so far, he went on.
A resident, Titie, said she was cooking in her kitchen when the quake rocked the city. She went outside the house, she said.
Reporter: Islami Adisubrata
Editor: Dewi Wulandari