Jakarta, Aug 12 (): A strong earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale struck off eastern Indonesia on Monday, but there was no tsunami threat reported.
The US Geological Survey said that the quake struck at a depth of 92 kilometres and around 189 kilometres west-northwest of Saumlaki in the Maluku chain of islands. The quake happened at 0053 GMT, 07:53 a.m. Jakarta time.
“The quake’s epicentre was in the sea but there’s no potential for a tsunami” said Sutiono, an official at Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.
An agency official said, “So far there is no report of damage as the centre of the quake was deep.” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Spokesman of the National Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency said, “The quake shakes were not felt, because the location is far and deep.”
Jacqueline, a resident in Darwin tweeted in a social media “Omg I thought it was just me shaking on my couch but then all the windows and pots started rattling.”
Indonesia is located in “the Pacific Ring of Fire” which means it is an area known for its seismic and volcanic activity triggered by friction between shifting tectonic plates.
On July 2, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit at a depth of around 10 kilometres in Aceh Province of Indonesia, killing at least 30 people.
On Sunday, 26 December 2004, a mega thrust earthquake of 9.1-magnitude occurred in Sumatra Indonesia resulting in tsunami in Indian Ocean.
The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was among the deadliest natural disasters recorded in human history with over 230,000 people killed in 14 countries bordering the Indian Ocean.