Moderate Quake Hits Indonesian Province

A moderate earthquake sent people running into the streets in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries, officials said.

The magnitude-5.6 earthquake struck at 12:28 p.m. and was centered about 90 miles south of Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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The quake was felt strongly in the town of Wamena in mountainous Jayawijaya district, 48 miles west of the epicenter, said Simon Rumi, an official at the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency in Jayapura.

"Some people ran out of their offices and houses," said Kusnadin, a police officer in Wamena who uses only one name. "But so far there are no reports of damage."

The quake also was felt in Jayapura and in Tanah Merah and Merauke on the southern coast of the island, Rumi said.

Jayapura is about 2,400 miles northeast of Jakarta and about 2,000 miles from Bantul, the area hit hardest by a magnitude-6.3 earthquake on Saturday that killed more than 5,400 people.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval.