Powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia

A powerful earthquake has struck the Indonesian part of the island of New Guinea, according to the country's seismological agency BMKG.

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake, which struck at 6:41 a.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered on land about 241 kilometers (150 miles) southwest of Jayapura, the capital of Papua province. It struck about 49 kilometers (30 miles) below the surface, making it a shallow earthquake, BMKG said.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the earthquake at a preliminary 7.0, estimating that some 245,000 people near the epicenter may have experienced moderate to strong shaking.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

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