6.2-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia
March 20th, 2012
02:41 PM ET

6.2-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Papua, Indonesia, on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was 66 kilometers (41 miles) deep, the USGS said. Its epicenter was 154 kilometers, or 96 miles, south-southwest of Jayapura.

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  1. Ghostmule

    Well, looks like the end of the world is coming sooner than we thought. 7.6 hits Mexico, 6.2 hits Indonesia. Im just sitting here waiting for the next story to say 10.0 hits California.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toby

      Ghostmule .If you live long enough you just might see the wrath of our almighty God. I hope you are prepared to meet him ,because every knee shall bow and acknowledge him as Lord

      March 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      not sitting in California are ya?

      March 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rob

    So sorry I fell down.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • teehee


      March 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • teehee

      That "HaHa!" was in reply to Rob

      March 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. john

    Hang on Ghostmule! It's gonna get shaky!

    March 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KashmiriGal

    STOP! DONT SAY THAT! Dont even put that out there in the universe!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Guest

    I really wish Ghostmule didn't say "end of the world" now all the doomsayers are going to come!

    Pirates change things....

    March 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sam

    The world is not coming to an end!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • horse_biscuits!

      Even Science says the world will end, it just doesn't say how( other than a bunch of possible ways). Scientist do predict that even the Universe will end when everything expands out of existence; but I'm sure some new piece to the puzzle will come along and debunk even that. Maybe it will be the God Particle actually proving God has a plan? SETI is looking, maybe he will answer one day?

      March 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ghostmule

    Well, anyone can see that over the last 5 years the Earth has been going through some major changes. Im telling you right now, those Mayan knew something we don't. I mean, their clocks were as precise as an atomic clock and somehow they knew the exact age of the universe (15 billion years). So, when they something is going to happen in 2012, I think we better listen to them. 5 of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded have happened in just the last 4 years.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrownPelican

      I agree Ghostmule, the Mayan clocks were actually closer to 1 second more accurate than NASA'S clocks that are used fir space shuttles.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • KevinP

      Considering the age of Earth, we've been measuring the strength of earthquakes for about 12 seconds now... So what if the 5 biggest in that time happened most recently. This is a planet with a hot gooey middle. Stuff like this will continue to happen until it cools completely and the crust runs all the way through instead of floating.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. macarter


    March 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gugu

    Well the goddess is coming to punish the wicked ones and protect her sons and daughters

    March 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • gaga

      yes whenever wicked becomes too big the benevolent Lord restores the balance in His creation in various means – the powerful natural calamities establish in human mind how powerless they are in front of Nature and the ego is kept at check.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    They are starting to get stronger. I would be lying if I said this is the last of them. Plenty more earthquakes coming this year I am sure. My tip to everyone is to "DONT FREAK OUT!!!!!" Gotta stay calm somehow in these crazy situations. It's simple, the only way to survive is by not panicking, stay calm, and "DONT FREAK OUT!!!!!! (im freaking out). 🙂

    March 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • nick

      8 months left 100's of earthquakes a day im sure there going to ba a few big ones in there especially with a sun that's growing more active

      March 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |

    @ Ghostmule, so should we live our lives in fear because of this?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. OntGuy

    Yes.. and there were some of the worst catastrophies years ago too ( Pompei anyone? AD 79) . And don't forget the devastation of:
    Mt. Tambora, Indonesia 1816 Death Toll: 92,000
    Mt. Pelee, West Indies 1902 Death Toll: 40,000
    Mt. Krakatoa, Indonesia 1883 Death Toll: 36,000
    Nevado del Ruiz, Columbia 1985 Death Toll: 23,000 with mudslide...

    SO.. yeh the last 5 years have been terrible.. .but history shows its been tough in other centuries too!

    Cheer up – if it happens there is nothing we can do about it (unless you believe in the movies !)


    March 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bighorse

    OK, everyone up! False alarm...

    March 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 4commonsensenow

    Hasnt even been confirmed yet,wierd

    March 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bighorse

    What...the Mayan clocks? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
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