Earthquake shakes Indonesia and triggers a tsunami warning

Earthquake shakes Indonesia and triggers a tsunami warning


An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 was recorded in Indonesian waters this Sunday, reported the US Geological Survey (USGS), generating a tsunami warning.

The epicenter of the quake was located 24 kilometers deep in the Moluccas sea in the north of the Celebes and Moluccas, according to the USGS.

The Indonesian geophysical agency issued a tsunami warning for nearby coastal areas.

There were no immediate reports of damages or victims, but the inhabitants of the city of Ternate, in the province of Molucca Norte, described moments of panic when the quake was recorded.

Indonesia, an archipelago formed by 17,000 islands and islets that was formed by the convergence of three large tectonic plates (the Indo-Pacific, the Australian and the Eurasian) is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of strong seismic activity.

Last year, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 followed by a tsunami in Palu, on the island of Celebes, left more than 2,200 dead and thousands of disappeared.

On December 26, 2004, an earthquake of magnitude 9.1 off the coast of Sumatra caused a devastating tsunami throughout the region that killed 220,000 people, of whom 168,000 in Indonesia.