A powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami alert and scaring residents of their homes away, but causing only minor damage and injuring one person, authorities said.
The tsunami alert was lifted about two hours after the earthquake at 03:20 GMT in the Flores Sea, about 112 km (70 miles) northwest of the town of Larantuka on the eastern part of the island of Flores.
“Everyone ran out into the street,” Agustinus Florianus, a resident of the town of Maumere on Flores, told Reuters. Maumere was badly damaged by an earthquake of a similar magnitude in 1992.
Tsunami warnings have been issued for the regions of Maluku, East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara and Southeast and South Sulawesi.
The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.3. He struck at the shallow depth of 12 km.
“It was like a wave, up and down,” Zacharias Gentana Keranz, a resident of Larantuka, told Reuters.
The Disaster Mitigation Agency said one person was injured in Manggarai, Flores, and a school building and several houses were damaged on Selayar Island in South Sulawesi.
The earthquake, from an active fault in the Flores Sea, was followed by at least 15 aftershocks with the largest magnitude recording 5.6, the weather agency said.
But the earthquake did not cause any significant rise in sea level.
Indonesian earthquakes triggered numerous deadly tsunamis, most notably in 2004 when a magnitude 9.1 earthquake off the northern island of Sumatra produced tsunami waves that killed over 230,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and nine other countries.
The US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had previously warned that, based on preliminary earthquake parameters, dangerous tsunami waves were possible for coasts within 1,000 km (621.37 miles) of the epicenter of the earthquake.
Indonesia straddles the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, an area of high seismic activity that rests on several tectonic plates.
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