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. toadears

    this seems pretty far away from Mexico to be on the same tectonic plate, but maybe not

    March 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      Toad ears, it's the Indo-Australian and the Pacific Plate. The Ring of Fire.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nick

    Actually glaciers ice crust and sea levels have a lot to do with the earth's crust which is were earthquakes occur to say they have no effect is illogical weight and pressure is what physics is all about go take a class before you try to be smart on people

    March 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth


      That was such an awful attempt to troll I must applaud you.

      The worlds largest Ice mass(Glacier) is Greenland. If you can please point out all the earthquakes that take place there or near there I'd love to hear your arguement.

      Furthermore, 80% of all earthquakes take place over 10 miles deep in the earth.. I guess your infinate wisdom knows the depth of the earths crust at every single location given at any given time on earth eh?

      I suggest your come back with physics is pretty lacking.. go get a graduate education Mr. Nick, then confront me with your petty slander of wisdom.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • nick

      Actually are crust runs on a thing called fluid dynamics which is all pressure related so changing in the ice coverage and ocean levels which is hand in hand effect the pressures applied to crust to say different is ignorant these events are not random by any means but to put all the factors into an equation to predicts is tough but possible but speaking of Greenland it fails in compression to the one that covered north America only ten thousand years ago I bet I have more top level learning than you though if want to play that get mad because I like to joke around with nubs

      March 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • martin

      @NICK- BRO, you serisouly are funny! Please research before you post ignorant comments. Ice glaciers have NOTHING to do with earthquakes! love the effort though.... classic

      March 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. This_blank

    The frequency & intensity of natural phenomenons is increasing but it will take years for this process to complete its cycle. The earth IS starting a new cycle but we still have time(a little)to preprare ourselves as a society a community & an indivdiual. And for all who think im crazy just remember the longer it takes you to understand the greater your disadvantage will be

    March 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • nick

      Not phenomenon common events when you say phenomenon it sounds as if someone might be behind them

      March 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. OntGuy

    Okay, so maybe I should go get a few early rounds of golf in before the 19th hole disappears in a devastating quake or slide?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. toadears

    For the Christians, we were told to pay no attention to the humans who predict the end of the world but to watch for signs in heaven and on earth. It's getting closer, but for all the Mayan believers? On December 31st or January 1, 2012 you are going to feel mighty silly. However, if could be used by groups like the Illuminati to brainwash people into WWIII. And all the doom sayers will have a record year for sales on Amazon.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      I meant jan. 1, 2013

      March 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Truth


    Whys it gotta be Amazon, why not EBay or Walmart?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. This_blank

    Someone IS behind these phenomenons her name is mother nature & she has been do thing her way for millions of years & the human equasion wont change that. So we had better learn her ways before we go the way of the dinosaurs

    March 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stonewall

    some of you have just way to much time on your hands

    March 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • nick

      Why don't you slow down take some time to give some enlightenment

      March 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eye watcher

    The world will never come to an end,but mankinds way of doing things will,There is a new world goverment that will remove the ruler of this system of things and the goverments of the world. Mankinds militarys and false religion will be destroyed. Millions of Angles are now waiting for GOD to give the order to wipe out the corrupt political and false religions of the world Daniel 2:44

    March 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. martin

    @NICK- ok bro, keep thinking that all you want, but there are scientists that beg to differ my man. Its ok though, we'll all let you give you lesson here. I am sure you can see that when everyone disagrees with you that maybe, just maybe you are wrong.. Aside the fact that everything you have stated above is factually wrong.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nick

    Earths crust is rebounding in great lakes region no beg to differ bro

    March 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nick

    And for a crust that has depth range from 3-30miles I would have to say that's easy the change in pressure over a few thousand years has effect remember you thousands of years is a blink in earths time yep I don't care what want a scientist thinks I got on lock

    March 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. nick

    Earthquakes are caused by what plates moving which is caused by pressures from the liquid mantel but pressure isn't one sided both sides come into play know when there is ice crust as thick as we had ten thousand years ago the pressure being exerted is different than the pressure of today it has effect on pressures at different parts of plates example push your skin with finger see now if are climate was to have its ten thousand year cycle over the course of a year the effect would be greatly exaggerated

    March 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Can you put some punctuation in that paragraph? I made it to the second line and gave up.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Earthquakes are caused by giants jumping up and down, bro.
      Everyone knows that.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ghostmule

    Actually, these Earthquakes are caused by Nibiru, a rouge planet that has now entered our inner solar system. It is inhabited by the Annunaki. Every 3600 years, this planet orbits our Sun and it's gravity pulls on the planets. This gravitational pull causes earthquakes and strange weather patterns.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bananas-in-yur-head

      Really?....what did aliens inform you of this rouge planet! get a grip and stop smoking illegal substances!

      March 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Savior

    I'm just going to load my guns stock up on can goods and sit on the porch ..I'm going to be ready for the end of the world as we know it or be ready for the Crazy people that believe the world realy is coming to an end witch ever comes first.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
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