4 dead in 5.1 magnitude Indonesia quake

World Thursday 09/February/2023 16:40 PM
4 dead in 5.1 magnitude Indonesia quake

Jakarta: At least four people were killed after the 5.1 magnitude quake shook the capital of Papua province in Indonesia, The Jakarta Post reported.

"The 5.1-magnitude quake hit around 1.28 pm (0628 GMT) on land just southwest of Jayapura city at a depth of 22 kilometres," the US Geological Survey said. Talking about the incident, Asep Khalid, head of the Jayapura Disaster Mitigation Agency, said in a press release that a cafe collapsed and fell into the sea, resulting in the death of four persons.

The four victims had been to a cafe when the quake caused the building to collapse, said Asep said in a statement. The quake was felt strongly for two to three seconds, causing panic amongst residents, he added.

Unverified footage on social media showed a harbourside building had collapsed into the sea and light damage to a mall and hospital in the city. Residents in Jayapura said people scrambled for safety, running from houses and shops when the quake struck, according to the Jakarta Post.