Indonesia: four dead in an earthquake in Papua

Indonesia: four dead in an earthquake in Papua


At least four people were killed on Thursday when an earthquake hit the capital of Indonesia's Papua province causing a seaside cafe to collapse. < /p>

The 5.1-magnitude quake was felt around 1:28 p.m. local time (6:28 a.m. GMT) with an epicenter detected south of the capital Jayapura at a depth of 22 kilometers, the seismological institute said. American USGS.

“A cafe collapsed and four people died. It fell into the sea,” Asep Khalid, head of Jayapura's disaster management agency, said in a statement.

Residents of Jayapura fled from homes and shops after the quake.

“I was eating when suddenly everything started shaking and the shaking became stronger,” Putri Kurita, 30, who rushed out, told AFP. from another restaurant.

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