Earthquake strikes Indonesia collapsing restaurant into sea

Indonesia: Aftermath of earthquake in Jayapura

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An earthquake has struck Indonesia has killed four people after magnitude 5.4 tremors cast a floating restaurant into the sea. 

The quake struck Jayapura, the capital of Papua this morning, around 1.28pm local time, hitting at a depth of 10 kilometres. 

Tremors shook the Cirita Cafe, which crumbled into the ocean, trapping four women in the process, local authorities have said. 

First responders found the women’s bodies in the Jayapura Bay. 

Officials have not confirmed any other deaths, but some local residents were injured by the tremors. 

The quake also damaged other buildings and infrastructure, among them the Jayapura Mall.

The country is among several others in South East Asia that sits on the so-called Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’.

The region, which straddles the Americas and most of eastern Asia, hosts the vast majority of the world’s volcanos and earthquakes. 

Jayapura alone is a highly active area, with officials from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reporting that more than 800 have already rocked the city in early 2023 on January 23. 

The majority are of a low magnitude, with BKMG estimating that residents only felt 68 “quite strong” tremors. 

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