Quake with 7.3 magnitude strikes in eastern Indonesia

Quake with 7.3 magnitude strikes in eastern Indonesia

Quake with 7.3 magnitude strikes in eastern Indonesia

A major 7.3-magnitude quake hit off the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia Sunday, sending panicked residents running into the streets but no tsunami warning was issued.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude at 6.9, centred 185 kilometres (114.8 miles) southeast of Manado, at a depth of 24 kilometers (15 miles).

The USGS is reporting a second natural disaster has rocked the region, a magnitude 5.8 which struck 63km north of Laiwui.

No damage or casualties have been reported.

"There are no reports of infrastructure damage yet", Iksan Subur, an official with Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency based in the regency of South Halmahera, near the earthquake's epicentre, was quoted as saying by the worldwide media.

The USGS said the epicenter of the quake was 102 kilometers north northeast of the coastal town of Laiwui.

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Indonesia authorities issued a tsunami warning at 9.41am before later withdrawing it.

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide.

Indonesia's meteorology agency said there is no tsunami potential from the quake.

Sergeant Neil Gordon of the Broome police department said the quake rattled the city for more than a minute.

He added that there had been "no reports of any injuries or any damage throughout the district", following the tremor.

Earlier today a large quake struck off the coast of Western Australia with the tremor being felt from Broome to Perth.

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