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2 killed after strong quake in Papua, Indonesia

2010-06-16 06:01:04 GMT2010-06-16 14:01:04 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

JAKARTA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- At least two people have been seriously injured after a 7.1-magnitude quake hit Papua of Indonesia on Wednesday, officials said. "Two people have been evacuated to General Hospital in Biak as they got serious injuries in the quake,"head of crisis center of the Health Ministry Mujiharto told Xinhua over phone.

Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency has lifted a tsunami warning imposed after the major quake that hit Papua in the easternmost of Indonenesia on late Wednesday morning.

The mainshock was followed by two afterschocks of 6.6 and 5.3 on the Richter scale respectively, the agency said.

Jerry Purba, an official with the agency, said several buildings have collapsed in Biak of Papua.

"We got reports from the meteorology office in Biak that several buildings have collapsed," Jerry Purba told Xinhua.

The metro television also reported that several buildings cracked.

Several buldings in Biak has been is reported collapsed, the agency said.

The 7.1-magnitude quake struck at 10:16 a.m. Jakarta time (0316 GMT) with the epicenter 123 km southeast Biak of Papua and the depth of 10 km under sea bed.

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