BALI, October 11 (RIA Novosti)
A 5.3-magnitude quake was registered early on Thursday in the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics said.
According to Indonesian seismologists, the quake’s epicenter was located 103 kilometers (64 miles) to the southeast of the town of Kaiman at the depth of 111 kilometers (69 miles).
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued by local authorities.
Indonesia is notorious for its high volcanic and seismic activity, as it sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates meet.
In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck the eastern coast of Sumatra, causing a tsunami that hit the coasts of Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. It is unclear exactly how many perished in that natural disaster, but the closest estimates are at 230,000 victims.
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