Strong quake hits eastern Indonesia

Tsunami warning lifted after 7.0 magnitude quake strikes off Papua coast.

    Yan Pieter Yarangga, a resident from the town of Biak, said hundreds of people ran out of their homes and fled beaches with some racing for higher ground for fear of a tsunami.

    "I ran too, I was afraid there would be a second quake,'' he said.

    Wednesday's quake that hit Papua's coast was located more than 3,000km from the country's capital, Jakarta.

    Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that make the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.

    A giant quake off the country on December 26, 2004, triggered the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people, half of them in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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