6 Jan 2009

Papua quake assessment amid continued aftershocks

2:31 pm on 6 January 2009

A joint United Nations assessment mission is being carried out in the Indonesian province of West Papua following a recent series of strong earthquakes.

According to official data released by the provincial disaster coordinating unit in West Papua, four of the five people killed were in Manokwari after tremors of up to 7.6 on the Richter scale.

Some 250 people were injured, while more than 800 houses, 34 government buildings, four schools, and 11 places of worship were damaged.

The Indonesian National Meteorological Geophysical and Climatology Agency predicts that aftershocks will continue in the next three to seven days.