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Quake shakes Indonesia’s Papua

JAKARTA (AP) – An earthquake shook Indonesia’s easternmost province yesterday, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

The United States Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.4 quake was centred 135 kilometres southwest of Abepura, a subdistrict in Jayapura, the capital of Papua province.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency said there was no danger of a tsunami but warned of possible aftershocks. It measured a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 for the quake. Variations in early measurements of quakes are common. With a population of just over one million, Papua is one of Indonesia’s least populous provinces.

In February, another shallow earthquake shook the province, killing four people who were unable to escape when a floating restaurant collapsed into the sea.