A STRONG 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck near the coast of Indonesia's Papua province but there are no immediate reports of damage or tsunami warnings issued.
The quake struck at a depth of 36km, 161km from Enarotali, at 9.16 pm local time (10.16pm AEST), the US Geological Survey said.
There was no warning or advisory posted on the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre website.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where the meeting of continental plates causes high seismic activity, and is frequently hit by earthquakes.
Updated below by Piers Corbyn
The following should be read as part of the CR link Solar Climate Change: Public Warning for 27th June 2nd July
Pre-events (?) etc for big hits 27June to 2 July
This note is written from Fort Collins Colorado. So first an ad:
I am giving a Special CIRA SEMINAR on Wed 29 June 10am - 11.30am at CSU Dept Atmospheric Sciences Large Classroom (ATS101) entitled:
What Drives Weather & Climate & Triggers Earthquakes & Volcanoes
The days preceding the 27th JUNE to 2 July trial Q period GMT (give or take a day although timing recently has been usually within the specified period) are interesting Quake-wise (as well as weather-wise)
21-22 June was one of our 'q' trial warning period (ie expect extra quakes but not as major as our 'Q' periods) had M6.1 Santa Cruz Islands and M6.7 off Honshu Japan.
23 June no M6+
24 June was a WeatherAction Red warning day weather-wise at least but not expected as q or Q yet we had M7.2 in Aleutian Islands and M6.3 Santa Cruz islands again.
IT MIGHT BE THESE ARE pre-27th 'extras'.
25 June NO M6+
26th June 12:17 GMT M6.4 N Coast Papua. This can reasonably be part of 27Jun to 2 July period (within half a day).
So watch carefully quakes and weather!
Standard forecasts eg UK have been bending to more activity in our period Jun27 to July2.
USA flights especially across mid-west will have problems at times in this period due to major storms. Interestingly I have to fly Denver to New York on July 1 so hope they give mid-west a wide berth.
Our WeatherAction.com fuller USA and Quake risk forecasts are available for (rest of) June now and July (3rd onwards) forecasts will become available at no extra to the already nominal charge - posted around July 2nd - Go to