Tsunami warning for Indian Ocean region after East Timor earthquake – News


The 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck at a depth of 51.4 kilometers


Published: Fri 27 May 2022, 08:31

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the coast of East Timor on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, although no damage was immediately reported.

A tsunami advisory group said the quake “may be capable of generating a tsunami affecting the Indian Ocean region”.

The USGS said the earthquake occurred at a depth of 51.4 kilometers (32 miles) off the eastern tip of the island of Timor, which is shared between East Timor and Indonesia. .

The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) has issued the tsunami warning for the region.

An AFP reporter in Dili, the capital of East Timor, felt the quake but said it was “very fast”.

“People carried on with their business as usual,” the reporter said.

East Timor and Indonesia are located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches across Southeast Asia and the Pacific Basin.


In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed a dozen people when it struck North Sumatra in Indonesia.

In 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake hit the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 people across the region, including around 170,000 in Indonesia.

East Timor has a population of 1.3 million and is the youngest country in Southeast Asia, recently celebrating the 20th anniversary of its independence from Indonesia.

The country’s largely rural economy has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the World Bank saying 42% of the population lives below the poverty line.


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