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1 missing after strong underground earthquake rocks Indonesia

JAYAPURA, Indonesia A strong earthquake struck Indonesia easternmost province of Papua early Tuesday panicking people with at least one teenager missing after possibly drowning in a river. Several buildings and houses were either destroyed or damaged. Tuesday (2141 GMT) and was centred 247 kilometres (153 miles) west of Jayapura, the provincial capital of Papua.

He said a 15 year old boy was feared to have drowned after falling into a river in Memberamo, a mountainous district close to the epicenter, and electricity was cut in some places, including a hospital, which was briefly evacuated.http://www.cheapnfljerseysfromchina.top
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Hendra Rahman, an official of the Indonesia Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said the quake was felt across the province and that the strongest hit area was Sarmi, a town on the northern coast of the island.

Communication problems in mountain forests and remote areas were hampering efforts to assess the situation, said Sutopo Purwon Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. But at least four houses, a church and two buildings were reportedly either destroyed or damaged in Memberamo.

He said a disaster assessment team and emergency supplies were being flown to the affected areas.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the so called Pacific of Fire. A massive earthquake off Sumatra island in 2004 triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries, mostly in Indonesia Aceh province.

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