Heavy Earthquake Blow up Homes in Papua

Heavy Earthquake Blow up Homes in Papua

A heavy 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Sarmi, a region in Papua, early on Thursday morning. No casualty was reported, although dozens of houses in the area were damaged. Tremors from the earthquake were also felt in the provincial capital of Jayapura, 176 kilometers east of Sarmi.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency announced the epicenter of the earthquake was detected inland at a depth of 10 kilometers.

"Thirty-three houses were badly destroyed. Families had to be leave to the homes of their relatives," according to report said in a statement late on Thursday night.

It was reported that rescue teams have also been sent to the nearby zone of Ismara to find out if it was also affected by the quake.

Sarmi residents said the earthquake on Thursday morning lasted more than two minutes.