Indonesia Earthquake Triggers Tsunami Warning

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A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 under the sea in eastern

Indonesia has sparked a tsunami warning and caused residents in

coastal areas to flee their homes.

The quake struck at a depth of 28 miles (46 km) near the Maluku

Islands, which are about a four-hour flight from the capital, Jakarta.

So far, there have been no reports of casualties or damage.

Indonesia's meteorological agency said a tsunami wave of 9cm (3.54 in)

washed onto the small island of Jailolo but caused no damage.

The quake was strongly felt in several cities in eastern Indonesia,

sending many people to run from homes and other buildings, officials

and residents said.

"It was strong," said Regina Saerang, an eyewitness in Manado. "I felt

it for about a minute. There was no damage but people on my street are

pouring out of our houses."

The head of the disaster mitigation agency has ordered the preparation

of aircraft and logistics in case they are needed and further checks

of the affected areas are being made, Mr Nugroho said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said: "Tsunami waves are possible

for coasts located within 300 kilometres."

It said tsunami waves could hit parts of Indonesia, as well the

Philippines, Japan, Taiwan and islands in the South Pacific.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates

collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

A huge undersea quake in 2004 triggered a tsunami that killed more

than 170,000 people in Aceh province, on western Sumatra island, and

tens of thousands more in other countries with coasts on the Indian


A 6.1-magnitude quake that hit inland in Aceh in July last year left

at least 30 people dead and thousands homeless.

Sky News Report

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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