A 7.3 magnitude earthquake moved the Moluccas islands on Sunday, based on the U.S. Geological Survey, creating panic and inflicting damage to homes in eastern Indonesia. The quake hit the Maluku Islands within the North Maluku province of Indonesia at a depth of six miles. However, there have been no experiences in major accidents. The nation’s meteorology agency (BMKG) mentioned there might be little risk of a tsunami. “There aren’t any stories of infrastructure damage but,” Iksan Subur, an official with Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency situated close to the epicenter, reported Reuters. “However, people panicked and ran out of their homes. Some individuals who live close to the ocean are starting to move to higher ground,” he added.
Indonesia is situated on the so-called Ring of Fire, a major area within the Pacific Ocean where about 90 % of the world’s earthquakes happen. It’s also house to nearly 452 volcanoes.
Last week, a 6.9 magnitude quake rocked the northeast shore of Sulawesi, situated west of the area impacted on Sunday. BMKG originally issued a tsunami warning. However, that was later lifted.
BMKG mentioned on Sunday’s earthquake produced a minimum of seven aftershocks, every stronger than five magnitudes and the main quake was felt throughout cities in the Papua and Sulawesi islands.
The earthquake occurred almost 103 miles southeast of the provincial capital of Ternate, and Subar added that several hundred individuals fled to shelter in authorities offices and mosques. Whereas Indonesia has about 260 million people, the North Maluku area only has a population of around a million.