Indonesia: 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits off eastern coast

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The quake hit 112 kilometers (69 miles) north of Maumere, on Indonesia’s Flores Island. The USGS stated it struck at a depth of 18.5 kilometers (11 miles) within the Flores Sea at 10:20 a.m. native time (10:20 p.m. ET).
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Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, the US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center stated, “hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of the earthquake epicenter.”

The head of Indonesia’s Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) Dwikorita Karnawati, later confirmed a tsunami warning had ended.

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She stated 15 aftershocks have been reported up to now, the strongest of which was 5.6 magnitude.

Those dwelling on the northern shoreline ought to transfer to the next place in the event that they really feel a robust tremor lasting greater than 10 seconds, Dwikorita stated.

Romanus Woga, Deputy Head of Sikka Regency, the district positioned closest to the earthquake epicenter, informed CNN he felt 4 or 5 huge shakes that prompted individuals in Maumere metropolis to expire of their properties. He stated individuals dwelling near the coastal areas had fled to larger floor.

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Romanus, who’s driving across the metropolis to verify the state of affairs there, stated no buildings or homes had been noticeably broken up to now.

Maumere is the capital metropolis of Sikka and the second-largest city on Flores with a inhabitants of about 90,000 individuals.

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Indonesia sits on the “Ring of Fire,” a band across the Pacific Ocean that units off frequent earthquakes and volcanic exercise. One of probably the most seismically lively zones on the planet, it stretches from Japan and Indonesia on one facet of the Pacific all the best way throughout to California and South America on the opposite.

In December 1992, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Flores Island, killing greater than 2,000 individuals.

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