Indonesia earthquake shakes residents but only one person was injured and damage was minor

A still image from a social media video showing the disturbance of dust on a hillside following the earthquake in Nagekeo, Indonesia
Still image from a social media video showing a disturbance of dust on a hillside following an earthquake in Nagekeo, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia December 14, 2021. Alldo Van Robby / via REUTERS

December 14, 2021

By Gayatri Suroyo and Agustinus Beo Da Costa

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami warning and sending people fleeing their homes but caused only minor damage and injuries. one person, authorities said.

The tsunami warning was lifted about two hours after the quake struck at 0320 GMT in the Flores Sea, about 112 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of the town of Larantuka, east of Flores.

“Everybody was running into the street,” Agustinus Florianus, a resident of the town of Maumere on Flores, told Reuters. Maumere was badly damaged by an earthquake of similar magnitude in 1992.

A tsunami warning has been issued for the areas of Maluku, East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara and Southeast and South Sulawesi.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was 7.3 magnitude. It strikes at a depth of 12 km.

Indonesia earthquake triggers tsunami warning

To view images, click here:

“It’s like a wave, up and down,” Zacharias Gentana Keranz, a resident of Larantuka, told Reuters.

The disaster mitigation agency said one person was injured in Manggarai, Flores, and a school building and several houses were damaged on Selayar island, South Sulawesi.

The quake, which was triggered by an active fault in the Flores Sea, was followed by at least 15 aftershocks with the largest magnitude of 5.6, the meteorological agency said.

But the earthquake did not cause a significant rise in sea level.

Earthquakes in Indonesia have caused numerous deadly tsunamis, most notably in 2004 when a 9.1 magnitude earthquake off the northern island of Sumatra generated a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and 9 other countries.

The US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center previously warned that based on preliminary earthquake parameters, a hazardous tsunami could occur for coastlines within 1,000 km. (621.37 miles) from the epicenter of the earthquake.

Indonesia lies between the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a seismically active area that sits atop multiple tectonic plates.

(Additional reporting by Sonia Cheema and Angie Teo and Jakarta Bureau; Writing by Kate Lamb; Editing by Ed Davies, Robert Birsel) Indonesia earthquake shakes residents but only one person was injured and damage was minor


USTimeToday is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button