POWERFUL QUAKE STRIKES OFF EASTERN INDONESIA, NO TSUNAMI ALERT ISSUED

JAKARTA, Indonesia, A shallow and strong earthquake jolted eastern Indonesia, early today (Monday), with no potential for tsunami, the meteorology and geophysics agency, disclosed.

The quake struck at 12:27 a.m. Monday, Jakarta Time (1727 GMT, Sunday), with the epicentre at 146 km north-west Halmahera, of North Maluku province, and the shallow at 10 km under the sea bed, an official with the agency, Yusuf Khaidar Ali, said.

“However, we did not issue a warning for tsunami for this quake,” he said, over the phone.

The intensity of the quake was only felt three MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity), in the province, and Bitung of nearby North Sulawesi province, the official said.

Indonesia is prone to quakes, as it lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone called “the Pacific Ring of Fire.”

Source: NAM News Network