A 7.3-magnitude earthquake jolted the Maluku Islands of Indonesia on Saturday morning at 10:31 am and the authorities have issued a tsunami warning within 300 kilometres range, expecting 30-cm tidal waves within two hours today.
The US Geological Survey has recorded the earthquake’s epicentre at a depth of 46 kilometres (28 miles) at 10:31 am (0231 GMT), 154 kilometres northwest of Kota Ternate. Five after-shocks measuring 5.8, 4.8, 4.3. 4.7 and 5 magnitude hit the region within two hours after the major earthquake, according to the USGS.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning saying the tidal waves could hit Indonesian islands, the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan and even the South Pacific islands.
Measuring 30 centimetres (12 inches) to one metre, the waves may hit the region around Maluku islands while 30 centimetres waves could hit the coasts of the Philippines, the centre said.
“We have issued an early tsunami warning,” an official from Indonesia’s meteorological agency told the media.
Indonesia is major nation hit by earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” with frequent movement of continental plates and seismic activity.
Indonesia witnessed a huge earthquake in 2004 that killed more than 170,000 peole in Aceh province in Western Sumatra islands. Here are more details:
- 2014-11-15 02:31:40 UTC
- 2014-11-15 10:31:40 UTC+08:00 at epicenter
- 2014-11-15 08:01:40 UTC+05:30 system time
1.928°N 126.547°E depth=35.0km (21.7mi)
- 156km (97mi) NW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
- 156km (97mi) NW of Ternate, Indonesia
- 160km (99mi) ENE of Bitung, Indonesia
- 164km (102mi) W of Tobelo, Indonesia
- 1064km (661mi) SW of Koror Town, Palau