Tsunami warning after earthquake hits Indonesia

Tsunami warning after earthquake hits Indonesia

Tsunami warning after earthquake hits Indonesia

Written by Staff Writer

15 Nov, 2014 | 9:01 am

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake under the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia has triggered a tsunami warning.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a possibility of “hazardous” waves up to one metre (3.3ft) high on coasts within a 300km (186 mile) radius of the quake.

It struck at a depth of 46km northwest of Kota Ternate in the Maluku islands, according to the US Geological Survey.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Aside from Indonesia, tsunamis could reach the Philippines, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and parts of Japan and Taiwan, the warning centre said.

The first tsunami waves could arrive within the next six hours, it said, warning that “the initial wave may not be the largest”.

Shortly after the first quake, another measuring 6.2 was monitored off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the US Geological Survey said.

Indonesia lies on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” plate boundaries, and is prone to frequent earthquakes.

On Boxing Day in 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Banda Aceh triggered a tsunami that killed more than 250,000 people, the majority in Indonesia.

-BBC

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