Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Large quake in Indonesia

Large quake in Indonesia

The quake in the Moluccas struck late on Thursday and had a magnitude of 7.1 with its epicentre in the sea 139km north-west of the city of Ternate, according to the US Geological Survey.

Authorities in Indonesia warned of a tsunami threat in the region.

More recently, on September 26, a strong 6.5-magnitude quake struck the western part of Seram Island in eastern Indonesia, killing at least 41 people and injuring more than 1,500 others.

A tsunami alert was additionally issued by the Indonesia Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Company.

The tremor was felt as far away as Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi, rattling houses at 1.17 a.m. local time, a resident told Metro TV.

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People in her neighborhood had initially panicked, she said, adding: "The quake was very strong and lasted for a while. We can still feel tremors but weaker".

Kompas TV also reported that government officials in North Maluku have prepared for possible evacuation of residents.

A 7.4-magnitude natural disaster has struck 83 miles northwest of the city of Ternate in Indonesia, sending panicked residents fleeing to higher ground.

Preliminary reports put the quake at magnitude 7.4 and a depth of 62km.

'The earth was literally shaking so hard, ' she said. Small tsunami waves were observed at several locations but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

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