Indonesia Earthquake: A magnitude of 7.7 earthquake struck the Tanimbar region in Indonesia on Tuesday. According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the quake was at a depth of 97 kilometres below the earth's surface. Also, it warned people to stay from damaged areas in order to alter any untoward incident.
The quake also triggered a tsunami warning.
"Aftershocks may occur in the next hours/days. Unless it is necessary, stay away from damaged areas for your safety Be careful and follow national authorities' information," it wrote on Twitter.
According to reports, the powerful quake damaged village buildings in eastern Indonesia and the shaking was also widely felt in northern Australia.
“Based on four tide gauge observations around the center of the earthquake, it did not show any significant anomaly or change in sea level,” said Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency.
The National Disaster Mitigation agency received visual reports of damage to houses and community buildings in Watuwey village in Southwest Maluku.
Tremors felt in northern Australia
More than 1,000 people in northern Australia, including in the city of Darwin, reported feeling the quake to the Geoscience Australia agency. The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said the quake didn’t pose a tsunami threat to the mainland or any islands or territories.
It should be noted here that Indonesia is frequently shaken by earthquakes and lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where most of the world’s earthquake and volcanic activity occurs.
Earlier on November last year, a powerful earthquake killed at least 162 people and injured hundreds on Indonesia’s main island. Terrified residents fled into the street, some covered in blood and debris.
Many of the dead were public school students who had finished their classes for the day and were taking extra lessons at Islamic schools when they collapsed, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said as he announced the latest death toll in the remote, rural area.
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