- Indonesia lifted a tsunami warning after a magnitude 7.3 undersea earthquake struck off the coast of Flores Island on Tuesday.
- A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck West Sulawesi province in January, killing at least 105 people and injuring nearly 6,500.
After a magnitude 7.3 undersea earthquake struck off Flores Island on Tuesday, Indonesia lifted a tsunami alert, causing panic in a region prone to deadly quakes but causing no major damage or casualties.
The quake struck at a depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.5 miles) under the sea, 112 kilometers (74 miles) north of Maumere, the second-largest town on the island in East Nusa Tenggara province, with a population of 85,000 people, according to the US Geological Survey.
The tsunami warning was lifted hours after the quake by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii and Indonesia’s meteorological agency.
Residents in the East Flores district felt the earthquake strongly, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari. People were seen fleeing from buildings that shook due to the impact.
In the region of East Nusa Tenggara, one person was reported injured.
Across the Flores Sea, earthquakes were felt in Makassar city and the Selayar Islands district of South Sulawesi province. According to the Selayar Islands, a school was damaged in the disaster mitigation agency.
Minor tsunamis of 7 centimeters (2.8 inches) were detected in the Marapokot and Reo areas, according to Muhari, based on sea-level observations.
People along the coastlines on the northern side of Flores should be aware of further quakes and a potential tsunami, according to Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency.
“There is no longer a threat of a tsunami from the earlier earthquake. But there’s a good chance there will be aftershocks, hopefully not as strong as before, “Karnawati remarked.
No damage was reported, according to Anton Hayon, the chief of Flores Timur district.
“We asked people along the coast to stay away from the beach lines, especially on the northern side… because there was a big tsunami there in 1972,” Hayon explained.
He added that residents had previously participated in a tsunami drill and knew what to do.
Because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines that arcs the Pacific, Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 270 million people, is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis.
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck West Sulawesi province in January, killing at least 105 people and injuring nearly 6,500.
Source: CTV News
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