A POWERFUL earthquake has struck the Indonesian province of Papua.
US geologists said it was 7.0 in magnitude but other sources reported it as 7.2.
The quake struck at 6:41am (7.41am AEST), almost 250 kilometres west of the provincial capital Jayapura, the US Geological Survey said.
There is no tsumani threat to the Australian mainland or territories, the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said.
The quake occurred inland underneath the Irian Jaya jungle.
The Earthquake-Report monitoring website said the area has “steep mountain ranges and its vegetation is rainforest, which means that the chance on dangerous landslides is real”.
More to come.