comscore No tsunami from big earthquake off Indonesia | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

No tsunami from big earthquake off Indonesia

  • PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER
    This map created by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center shows the location of a magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck at about 4:30 a.m. Hawaii time in Indonesia. The map also shows other recent earthquakes in the region.
[ AD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS STORY ]

JAKARTA, Indonesia >> A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia late Wednesday, prompting villagers to flee to higher ground, but officials said a tsunami was unlikely.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said based on historical records the quake was not sufficient to trigger a tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.8 quake hit about 100 miles northwest of Ternate, the provincial capital of North Maluku, and was centered 25 miles below the seabed. 

George Rajaloa, a resident of Ternate, said by telephone that many people ran out of their homes and away from coastal areas out of fear that there would be a tsunami.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In 2004, a massive earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

Comments have been disabled for this story...

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up