An earthquake clocking in at 6.6 on the Richter scale has rocked Indonesia’s easternmost providence, with much of the damage reported from the West Papau capital of Manokwari. Temporary shelters have been built for those affected, and authorities are looking at just how much damage has been done.
“The West Papua Disaster Management Agency has deployed a team to help the victims of the earthquake,” stated Derek Abner to Antara News. Authorities have only just started assessing the damage, with up to 260 houses wrecked during the quake.
Casualties were avoided due to evacuation measures, with only 39 injuries reported thus far. Broken bones were the most common injury, many obtained during the panicked rush as residents and tourists fled from their homes and hotels. The majority fled to the neighboring city of Sorong, which sustained little to no damage.
“A total of 35 people suffered minor injuries, and four others were seriously injured as a result of the earthquake,” reported Abner. Despite the lack of casualties and the severity of injuries, the damage to homes and businesses in Manokwari will take thousands of dollars to fix.
It’s still a far cry from the damage a 2004 quake off the shores of Aceh caused, where tsunamis triggered by the tremors resulted in 230,000 deaths. Budi Waluyo, an official from the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency in Indonesia, stated that the recent activity doesn’t have potential to trigger tsunami waves.
According to New York Daily News, earthquakes are a common occurrence in Indonesia. The country rests along an arc of volcanoes located in the Pacific Basin known as the “Ring of Fire.”