Earthquake of 6.9 magnitude off Indonesia

December 9, 2015 6:15 pm


There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in the quake. File photo

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on
Wednesday, causing panic among residents but no destructive tsunami.
U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.9 quake hit 106 kilometres
southeast of Amahai, a town on Seram, the biggest island in Maluku
It said the quake was centered in the Banda Sea at a depth of 33.9 kilometres.
Wahyu, an official in Indonesia’s Meterology, Geophysics and Climatology Agency, said there was no danger of a tsunami.
The quake was felt in Banda Neira and in Maluku’s capital, Ambon, said Wahyu, who like many Indonesians uses a single name.
a hotel employee in Banda Neira on Banda Island, about 2,600 kilometres
east of Jakarta, said residents and hotel guests rushed out into the
streets in panic.
“They ran to higher areas, some screaming ‘tsunami, tsunami,'” Marzuki said.
is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of
Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In
December 2004, a massive earthquake off Sumatra island triggered a
tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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