Indonesia earthquake: A 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Indonesia, causing panic; Tsunami warning lifted

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia lifted its tsunami warning on Tuesday after a 7.3 magnitude undersea earthquake struck off the island of Flores, triggering panic in an area prone to deadly earthquakes but apparently without causing major damage or casualties.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake struck at a depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.5 miles) under the sea, and 112 kilometers south of the town of Maumere, the second largest island on East Nusa. North. Tenggara Province with a population of 85,000.

Following an initial tsunami warning, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii and later Indonesia’s meteorological agency lifted warning hours after the quake.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Abdul Muhari said residents in the East Flores district felt the quake strong. Footage shows people running away from buildings that were shaken by the impact.

One person was reported injured in East Nusa Tenggara province.

Shocks were recorded in 14 districts and cities across East Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi and Southeast Sulawesi provinces.

Tremors were also felt in the city of Makassar and the Selayar archipelago in South Sulawesi province, across the Flores Sea. The disaster mitigation agency said hundreds of buildings, including homes, schools and places of worship, were damaged in the Selayar Islands.

Muhari said that based on sea level observations, small tsunami waves of 7 centimeters (2.8 inches) were detected in the Marapokot and Reo areas.

Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, said people along the coastlines north of Flores should watch out for further earthquakes and the possibility of a tsunami. .

“The previous quake doesn’t have the potential for a tsunami anymore. But there’s a good chance there will be aftershocks, hopefully not stronger than before,” Karnawati said.

Flores Timur County Sheriff, Anton Hayon, said no damage had been reported.

“We ask people in coastal areas to stay away from beaches, especially in the north… because there was a big tsunami there in 1972,” says Hayon.

He added that the residents had participated in a tsunami drill before and they knew what to do.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 270 million people, is prone to frequent earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines that encircles the Pacific Ocean.

The most recent major earthquake was in January, with a magnitude of 6.2, killing at least 105 people and injuring nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.

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