Indonesia earthquake

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Published Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Indonesian Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued a tsunami alert after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck the sea off North Sulawesi in eastern Indonesia. The quake caused panic in the city of Ternate, which has a population of 200,000, where people ran to higher ground. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The shallow quake struck at 10.08pm (11.08pm Singapore time) at a depth of 10km, said BMKG. It was centered in the Molucca Sea between North Sulawesi and North Maluku, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude at 6.9. According to the USGS, considerable damage was possible in poorly built or badly designed structures.

Indonesia has been hit by a string of deadly quakes including a devastating 2004 tremor measuring 9.1 magnitudes that struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

Last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2,200 with a thousand more declared missing.

Source: DORRIS