A 7.3-magnitude earthquake that rocked the Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia leads officials to issue an early tsunami warning
Jakarta: A 7.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning.
Concrete fragments are seen outside a building as Manado city residents evacuate onto a street after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the capital of Northern Sulawesi island yesterday. Pic/AFP
The undersea quake struck at a depth of 46 kilometres (28 miles) at 10.31 am (0231 GMT), 154 kilometres northwest of Kota Ternate, the USGS said. “Tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 kilometres,” said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Tsunami waves between 30 centimetres (12 inches) and one metre could hit parts of Indonesia while waves below 30 centimetres were forecast for the coasts of the Philippines, the centre said.
“We have issued an early tsunami warning,” an official from Indonesia’s meteorological agency said. Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.