7.6-magnitude earthquake detected off Indonesia and Timor-Leste, with no ‘tsunami’ warning
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred at 2:47 am (local time) on Tuesday (5:47 pm today in Lisbon), the epicenter was located 427 kilometers south of the Indonesian island of Banbon, and the depth was 95 kilometers. .
After the earthquake, 5.5 aftershocks were recorded in the same area.
The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency initially warned of a possible ‘tsunami’, but the alert ended up being withdrawn.
“I was in bed when I felt a slight tremor. I got up and realized that many of my friends felt it too,” Hamdi, an Indonesian from Ambon, was quoted by AFP news agency.
Possible damage or injuries are not yet known.
Indonesia experiences frequent seismic activity due to its location on the so-called “Ring of Fire” in the Pacific Ocean, where tectonic plates collide.
On November 21, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake killed 602 people while in the densely populated West Java province.
On December 26, 2004, a massive earthquake off Sumatra triggered a “tsunami” in the Indian Ocean that killed more than 230,000 people as far away as Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.
This strong earthquake with a magnitude of 9.1 caused huge waves, up to 30 meters high, that ravaged the coast of Banda Aceh, north of the island of Sumatra.
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