M6.9 earthquake hits off Indonesia – Tsunami warning issued


Indonesia’s geophysics agency has issued a tsunami warning, after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck in the Moloccan Sea to the country’s east.

The figure was later downgraded to M6.9 by USGS. The tsunami warning has also been removed.

A strong M6.9 earthquake hit Indonesia on July 7 2019. Earthquake map via USGS

It’s not only in California that strong earthquakes with magnitudes larger than 7.0 hit currently around the world.

A M7.1 earthquake, downgraded to M6.9 by USGS, hit off Indonesia shortly after 10 PM local time on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at a depth of 36km (22.4 miles).

The earthquake’s epicenter lies 180km southeast of Manado, a city with a population of 450,000, and 129km west of Ternate, home to 200,000.

The earthquake was followed by several lesser-magnitude aftershocks. There have been no reports of damages or victims.

The tsunami warning has been removed shortly after it was issued.

About 10 people reported feeling the quake on the USGS webpage.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, owing to its position on the edge of the Pacific Ring of Fire. A devastating tremor that hit Palu on the island of Sulawesi last September killed more than 4,000 people.

[BMKG, USGS]

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