West Papua earthquake
USGS repors that the earthquake on March 12 in Wamena, Papua, was of 5.2-magnitude. Indonesia's geological agency reported it was 5.3-magnitude.

West Papua earthquake: A 5.3-magnitude tremor rocks Wamena


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


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