Strong earthquake, tremors strike Indonesia

2017-10-31 16:25
Earthquake wave seismic activity. (iStock)

Earthquake wave seismic activity. (iStock)

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Jakarta - A strong earthquake with a 6.3 magnitude has hit eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, causing some damage to buildings and sending people running from their homes.

The quake struck at a depth of 32.4 kilometres and was centred 32km west of Hila on the island of Ambon, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

There were no immediate reports of injuries and no tsunami warning was issued. The USGS website assessed the likelihood of deaths or major damage as low.

"There was damage and it is still being monitored," Mochammad Riyadi, an official at Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency, told AFP.

The earthquake was one of five tremors that rattled Maluku province within 30 minutes, according to the agency. The others were all under magnitude 6.

"People panicked and scattered out of houses and buildings," said national disaster mitigation agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

An earthquake struck Indonesia's western province of Aceh last December, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

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