Indonesian authorities announced a tsunami warning after a powerful earthquake hit on recently Sunday night in the Molucca Sea between North Sulawesi and the Maluku archipelago. The warning was later raised.
The national disaster agency stated the tsunami warning that was in place for North Sulawesi and North Maluku was canceled just after midnight, about two hours after the earthquake hit.
“The tsunami early warning has ended,” Indonesia’s Meteorological, Geophysical, and Climatological Agency mentioned in an announcement.
The U.S. Geological Survey stated the magnitude 6.9 quake was centered 115 miles southeast of Manado at a base of 15 miles.
A graphic published on Twitter by Indonesia’s geophysics agency predicted waves of 1.6 feet for parts of North Sulawesi and North Maluku. There have been no quick studies of major harm or casualties.
The quake triggered panic in the metropolis of Ternate in the Maluku island chain, where individuals ran to the higher ground, a witness informed The Associated Press.
Radio El Shinta announced that residents in Manado, North Sulawesi’s provincial capital, ran out of their homes.
Indonesia, an endless archipelago of 260 million people, is regularly hit by earthquakes, volcanic explosion and tsunamis because of its place on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault strains in the Pacific Basin.