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A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake has shaken Indonesia's Papua region early this morning, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake, which hit at 2:59am (local time), was centred 135 kilometres southwest of the Papuan provincial capital of Jayapura at a depth of 53 kilometres.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The Indonesian archipelago sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire where continental plates meet, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

- AFP