Quake jolts Indonesia, Russia, Papua New Guinea

Quake jolts Indonesia, Russia, Papua New Guinea

Indonesia, Russia and Papua New Guinea woke up to strong earthquakes on Thursday morning, which measured 6.3, 6.7 and 7.0 on the Richter scale, respectively.

An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale hit the northeastern New Britain Island of Papua New Guinea on late Wednesday. Strong tremors were also felt in Indonesia due to this earthquake, which also triggered a tsunami warning in Bali, according to Sputnik. No casualties or damages have been reported as yet.

At least three people were crushed to death by due to collapsing of buildings in Indonesia, following a 6.3 magnitude earthquake jolted East Java, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the Head of Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB). However, no tsunami warning has been issued by the authorities. BNPB further stated that the earthquake was "felt to be mild to moderate", adding, "not a lot of damage has been caused".

An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale struck Russia's far east Kuril Islands on Thursday, according to Sputnik. Elena Semyonova, the head of the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk seismological station was quoted by Sputnik as saying, "A 6.7-magnitude earthquake was reported on Thursday at 10:16 a.m. near the Kuril Islands. The epicenter of the tremors was located . 150 kilometers [93 miles] to the east of the uninhabited island of Onekotan. The hypocentral depth was 74 kilometers."

Indonesia is still recovering from a double earthquake, measuring 7.7 and 6.1 on the Richter scale, and a tsunami which struck the island of Sulawesi on September 28, as relief work is underway. 1,948 people have lost their lives so far, while 2,500 people have been injured and almost 75,000 are displaced, according to Al Jazeera. Papua New Guinea was also struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on February 26 this year, leaving 67 people dead, according to CNN.

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