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7.0 magnitude earthquake hits eastern Indonesia, no tsunami warning

World News7.0 magnitude earthquake hits eastern Indonesia, no tsunami warning

A strong earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, with no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami warning.

Some residents tried to leave their homes after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

The US Geological Survey said it occurred at a depth of 60 kilometers (37.2 miles) under the sea, with its epicenter 150 kilometers (93.2 miles) northwest of Tobelo in North Maluku province.

No tsunami warning was issued by Indonesia’s Meteorology, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu briefly said there was a possible threat to nearby Indonesian coasts, but lifted the alert soon after.

Pius Ohoiwutun, a Tobelo resident, said some people were running from their homes when the earthquake struck.

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“I felt a little bit of shaking, as did Lemp. Some people tried to escape from their homes,” Oahuyoton said Wednesday.

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake also hit eastern Indonesia on Wednesday morning. No damage was reported.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago and home to more than 270 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific basin.

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At least 331 people were killed in a 5.6-magnitude earthquake in West Java on November 21. It was the deadliest in Indonesia since a 2018 earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi killed nearly 4,340 people.

In 2004, a massive Indian Ocean earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

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