Sunday 24 September 2017

Indonesia quake triggers tsunami

An earthquake hit 96 miles north west of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
An earthquake hit 96 miles north west of Kota Ternate, Indonesia

A strong undersea earthquake has hit eastern Indonesia, triggering a small tsunami and some panic but no casualties or major damage.

The 7.1-magnitude quake occurred west of Halmahera island, which is about four hours' flight from the capital Jakarta.

Indonesia's meteorological agency said a tsunami wave of 3.5in washed onto the small island of Jailolo but caused no damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre later lifted its advisory for potential hazardous waves for coastal communities.

The quake was strongly felt in several cities in eastern Indonesia, sending many people to run from homes and other buildings, officials and residents said.

The world's largest archipelago, Indonesia 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 2004, a monster quake off the tip of Sumatra Island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. Most of the deaths were on Sumatra.

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