17 Jun 2010

Earthquakes in Indonesia

7:36 am on 17 June 2010

A series of strong earthquakes has been recorded in Indonesia, triggering a tsunami warning.

The Geophysics and Meteorological Agency said the largest quake, off the coast of Papua in eastern Indonesia, had a magnitude of 7.1.

It occurred at 12.16pm (0316 GMT) on Wednesday.

A tsunami warning was issued for waters off northern Papua, but it was lifted an hour later.

Two people were killed when their homes collapsed on Yapen island.

The Antara news agency reported another person was killed by a magnitude 5.3 quake in West Sulawesi province. About 50 houses were destroyed.