Earthquake of 7.4-magnitude hits Indonesia
Earthquake of 7.4-magnitude hits Indonesia

JAKARTA: An earthquake of a 7.4-magnitude struck Indonesia's Maluku province's southern shore On Thursday morning, according to the country's Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency. According to the Xinhua news report, no casualties or damage have been recorded thus far.

The earthquake occurred around 1.25 a.m., with the epicentre 45 kilometres northwest of Southwest Maluku Regency and a depth of 210 kilometres under the sea. Strong vibrations were detected in islands and towns closer to the earthquake, as well as a 5.2-magnitude aftershock near the epicentre, according to the agency.

It did not issue a tsunami warning for the quake, but it did warn of the risk of aftershocks around the epicentre and urged inhabitants to be calm and vigilant. The magnitude was 7.3, according to the USGS, and the depth was 166.9 kilometres.

Earlier, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Donggala Regency in Central Sulawesi province in September 2018, killing over 2,000 people in the quake and wave that followed. Indonesia is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where many tectonic plates collide, rendering it prone to earthquakes.

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