16 Jun 2010

Two die in quake off northern Papua

6:39 pm on 16 June 2010

At least two people were killed by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck off Papua in eastern Indonesia on Wednesday.

The police say initial reports suggest the victims were crushed when their houses collapsed as the quake shook Yapen island, off the coast of northern Papua.

It was one of three strong earthquakes in the region within half an hour of each other.

The two strongest occurred in quick succession near the coast of Papua, causing people to flee their homes.

A tsunami warning was issued but was later lifted.

Another earthquake, of lesser magnitude, struck close to the Solomon Islands. There were no immediate reports of casualties.