5.2 magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia, 4 dead

5.2 magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia, 4 dead

Patients are evacuated outside a hospital after a 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit Jayapura, Indonesia's eastern province of Papua on February 9, 2023. Four people were killed and three others were injured after a magnitude 5.2 earthquake destroyed several office buildings, houses, a hospital and other buildings in Indonesia's eastern province of Papua on Thursday, officials said.

The country's meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency had reported the quake with a magnitude of 5.4 before revising it.

Yudi Yanto, spokesman for the search and rescue office in Jayapura city, said a cafeteria on the seaside was destroyed by the tremors, killing four people and injuring three others.

There are no reports of missing persons after the quake, but we are still on alert. He said that if there are reports of missing persons, we will resume a search and rescue mission.

Abdul Muhari, a spokesman for the national disaster management and mitigation agency, said several houses, a hospital, a mosque, shop buildings and other buildings were destroyed by the tremors.

The head of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency Dwikorita Karnawati said that Thursday's 5.2 magnitude earthquake is the biggest in the province, with the epicenter located around the provincial capital of Jayapura since January.