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6 Killed as Earthquake Strikes Indonesia's Papua Province

A strong earthquake has struck Indonesia's Papua province Friday, killing at least six people and causing scores of buildings to collapse.

Indonesian officials say the tremor, measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale, was centered about 24 kilometers from the Papuan town of Nabire.

Officials say Nabire's airport has been shut down due to damage, while a government telecommunications building and at least one church collapsed.

Tents are already being set up to house those displaced by the earthquake.

Earthquakes frequently occur in Indonesia, an archipelago nation of 17,000 islands located on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire."