Strong earthquake of magnitude 6.5 hits eastern Indonesia: USGS

Strong earthquake of magnitude 6.5 hits eastern Indonesia: USGS

INDONESIA: A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.5 shook the remote Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia on Thursday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The earthquake occurred about 37 kilometers (23 miles) northeast of Ambon, in Maluku province, at 8:46 am local time, at a depth of 29 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey. UU.

There were no immediate reports of victims or major damage in the area, which has been shaken by strong earthquakes in the past.

"I was sleeping with my family when suddenly the house started shaking," said an AFP journalist in Ambon.

"The earthquake was really strong. We ran away from our house and saw the neighbors flee too. They were all in panic."

Multiple replicas have spread throughout the area, he added.

Initial reports indicated that the earthquake occurred on the high seas, but a subsequent analysis found it on land, which increases the potential for damage, according to the Indonesian national disaster mitigation agency.

The head of the local disaster agency, Oral Sem Wilar, called for calm.

"People panicked and began to evacuate in some places, but we are trying to tell them that there is no need to panic because there is no threat of tsunami," he told AFP.

"We are still reviewing the damage and casualties."

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position in the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide.

In August, five people died and several were injured after a powerful underwater earthquake that shook the island of Java, heavily populated in Indonesia.

Last year, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 and a subsequent tsunami in Palu, on the island of Sulawesi, left more than 4,300 dead or missing.

The force of the impact saw entire neighborhoods leveled by liquefaction, a process where the soil begins to behave like a liquid and swallows the earth like quicksand.

Nearly 60,000 people still live in makeshift accommodations almost a year after the double disaster, the Red Cross said this week.

On Boxing Day 2004, a devastating 9.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Sumatran coast and caused a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including about 170,000 in Indonesia.