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Quake rips two-mile crack in ground JAKARTA - An earthquake shook Indonesia's remote eastern province of Papua, killing at least one person, injuring dozens and tearing a two-mile crack in the ground, officials said on Friday. Thursday night's quake measured 6.4 on the Richter scale, causing a landslide, flooding and damaging dozens of homes in the Ransiki district on the bay of Manokwari, 2,000 miles northeast of Jakarta.
Some families fled their homes fearing aftershocks and roads and phone lines were cut off. "We have a report today that one of our officers in Ransiki was killed in an accident during the quake," a police officer in the town of Manokwari told Reuters by phone. "We cannot make an immediate check on additional casualties as roads to the three most-affected regencies have been cut off."
George Leskona, head of the state meteorology office in Manokwari, said knee-deep water had flooded several homes in the coastal area. "Several areas south of Manokwari such as Oranbari and Ransiki are reported to be severely hit. The quake caused a landslide that cut off a section of road to Oranbari," Leskona told Reuters. He said the quake caused a three-km crack in Ransiki.
Officials at the National Earthquake center in Jakarta said tremors were also felt on the other side of the province in Timika, near the huge Freeport Mine. "We have recorded some new tremors this morning, but the intensity was small," one of the officials said. A Manokwari police officer said some residents had temporarily fled their homes and set up makeshift tents on the streets and sports fields since last night.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii did not issue an alert, saying a Pacific-wide tsunami had not been generated. A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the north of neighboring Papua New Guinea last month, knocking coastal homes off their stilts, generating a small tsunami and killing three people.
That quake hit near an area of the poor South Pacific nation where one of a similar size triggered tsunamis that killed more than 2,000 people in 1998. Papua New Guinea and Papua province sit on the Pacific volcanic belt known as the "Ring of Fire" where large magnitude earthquakes are common.



Posted in PT Freeport @ 11 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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