6.3-magnitude earthquake rocks Indonesia's Papua

People dig through mud beside an Mi-17 helicopter belonging to Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency following flash floods in Sentani near the provincial capital of Jayapura, Indonesia's eastern Papua province, on March 17, 2019. (Netty Dharma Somba/AFP)
People dig through mud beside an Mi-17 helicopter belonging to Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency following flash floods in Sentani near the provincial capital of Jayapura, Indonesia's eastern Papua province, on March 17, 2019. (Netty Dharma Somba/AFP)

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Papua, in eastern Indonesia on Thursday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake hit about 250km west of the town of Abepura in Papua province at 00:46 local time, at a depth of 12km, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake was felt weakly in Abepura, but most people did not notice it.

"I was still awake at home, but I did not feel it all and none of my neighbours ran out of their home," Abepura resident Arul Firmansyah told AFP.

There were no immediate reports of casualties after the earthquake.

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide.

Last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2 200, with a thousand more declared missing.

On December 26, 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck Aceh province, causing a tsunami and killing more than 170 000.

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