A major 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s Papua on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued.
The quake struck on land at 1:42 p.m. local time at a depth of 75 kilometers, 237 kilometers east of Enarotali, the USGS said.
Local seismologists had measured the quake at 7.2 magnitude.
An Indonesian meteorological survey official said the quake struck on land and there was no danger of a tsunami off the thinly populated province, formerly called Irian Jaya, in Indonesia’s far east.
People in the area told AFP they felt the quake strongly and hundreds went running into the streets, witnesses told AFP.
Narsi Bay said she was in a meeting on the first floor of a hotel in Jayapura when she felt “strong shaking.”
The sprawling Indonesian archipelago is on the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire” and gets regular earthquakes.
A magnitude 9.1 quake struck the northern Indonesian province of Aceh in 2004 triggering huge tsunami waves which killed more than 230,000 people in 13 countries around the Indian Ocean.