November 3rd, 2010
11:03 AM ET

USGS: 6.1 quake hits off eastern Indonesian coast

[Updated at 11:02 a.m.] Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupted several times Wednesday, and an earthquake struck off of the coast of Papua, Indonesia, far to the east of the volcano.

Mount Merapi, in central Java, spewed plumes intermittently for about five hours, sending out enough ash to prompt authorities to extend the danger zone an extra 5 km, to a 15 km radius from the volcano.

The extension forced thousands of evacuees to seek shelter farther away, a local journalist told CNN.

Mount Merapi's lava and ash have killed at least 39 people since it began erupting on October 26. An additional 74 have been injured and more than 71,000 people have been evacuated, according to Indonesia's National Disaster Management Board.

Residents on the volcano have repeatedly fled, returned home to check on their houses and farm animals, and fled anew with each fresh eruption.

The 3,000-meter Merapi is famously unpredictable. An eruption killed two people in 2006 and another killed more than 60 villagers in 1994. About 1,300 people died when Merapi erupted in 1930.

The 6.1-magnitude earthquake off the eastern Indonesian coast Wednesday did not prompt tsunami warnings from Indonesia's Bureau of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics or the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

There are no reports of damage or injuries so far.

Last week, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's coast, triggering a tsunami and killing at least 449 people. Hundreds more were injured.

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  1. JD

    How about not reporting earthquakes unless they're 7.0 or stronger, or is known to have killed people? 6.1 is weak sauce.

    November 3, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • from Merapi

      iya, at sea is saus lemah

      November 3, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Jamezinho

      It depends on the depth of the quake.

      November 3, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Or the least they could do is provide time and date it happened and to what island(s).. "eastern Indonesian coast" is not very discriptive at all.

      November 3, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • RuSeriouss

      6.1 is a big deal. If this happened in the United States it would be international news for weeks/months.

      November 3, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • s2shaker

      6.1 is not weak sauce... :s The tsunami was caused by about 7 or 8. So this isn't weak sauce.

      November 3, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Rollo Lee

      I'd be saying, "Madam, you are the victim of an 8 billion to one chance: a leaping anteater. An evolutionary mutant previously unknown to science."

      November 3, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      That is pretty sad that you don't think a story is newsworthy unless someone is killed.

      November 3, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • JD

      S2shaker, the huge tsunami that devastated Indonesia several years ago was a 9.1. That's 1000 times more powerful than a 6.1. Earthquakes in the low sixes happen a lot, check the USGS site. A 6.5 happened in northern California in January and I don't recall hearing of it.

      November 4, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. N

    Maybe because Indonesia has been hit with earthquakes and volcanos in the past week?

    November 3, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Rollo Lee

      I don't like you. You're weird and unattractive.

      November 3, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. umbie

    Name the area, pls!!! Do you know how big Indonesia is??????

    November 3, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. umbie

    I'm from Indonesia, this news is important for us. So plz, tell us d area.. *_*

    November 3, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Germinator

      Why not check your local news. Sure it is there.

      November 3, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Bea

      He's obviously not in Indonesia and that's why he wants to know about it.

      November 3, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Rollo Lee

      No, no. This is the kind of conversation that two people have when one of them is female.

      November 3, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. dianka

    Few year ago jogjakarta, indonesia hit by 5,5 magnitude and it is very strong!

    November 3, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Erick

      The 5.5 earthquake in Yogyakarta killed 6,000 people. I was there.

      November 3, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. cory

    earthquake machine strikes again. Also what scale are they using now since the Richtor scale is no longer used?

    November 3, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. jaep Struiksma(the netherlands)

    4.656°S, 134.069°E
    125 km (75 miles) N of Dobo, Kepulauan Aru, Indonesia
    270 km (165 miles) WSW of Enarotali, Papua, Indonesia
    930 km (580 miles) NNE of DARWIN, Northern Territory, Australia
    3015 km (1880 miles) E of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

    November 3, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • jaep Struiksma(the netherlands)

      hey Umbie hope everything is oke with the people in that area:
      Here is a link fo finding out where exactly the quake occured:

      November 3, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. umbie

    Local news is bizzy reporting Merapi volcano eruption.. *_*

    November 3, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Reynardine Greencastle

    The upsurge in seismic activity and volcanism along that fault line is unmistakable, and, given that the planet's tectonic plates are tightly fitted, a surge along the borders of one of them presages a surge in activity elsewhere. The premise that no man is an island might soon be demonstrably proven almost anywhere on the planet.

    November 3, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. jimjomac

    I never considered 6.1 to be weak. Seems it might be called something like "moderately strong". Those people sure have been taking a beating lately, just to add to the extremist attacks over the last few years. We're very lucky here on the US East coast, that it's so geologically stable.

    November 3, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cowboyz

    here is a link to the earthquake,134.0693(M6.1+-+Near+the+south+coast+of+Papua,+Indonesia+-+2010+November+03+11:18:17+UTC)&t=h&z=7&iwloc=A

    November 3, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Teresa

    Magnitude 6 earthquake is a big deal. Its a bigger story than previous news by CNN abt a murdered cop in some state of the US. CNN is international news, not just centered for the USA. That's a very selfish comment made not to report "low" magnitude earthquake

    November 3, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Adam

    As CNN doesn't provides any info, check this page for more and accurate info.
    Click the map to zoom in on areas

    November 3, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lois


    November 3, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Michelle

    For those looking for more details...

    "Meanwhile, the U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday that an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 hit off the coast of eastern Indonesia. It hit off Papua province some 29 kilometres beneath the ocean floor. No damage or injuries were immediately reported and no tsunami warning was issued."

    November 3, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
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