Indonesian Meteorological Department (PMKG) Pointed out that the north coast of Flores is at risk of being hit by waves up to about 10 feet high.
According to him Geological Survey of the United StatesThe epicenter was reported below the ocean floor, at 11.5 m.
There was no immediate word on casualties or damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii later issued a regional tsunami alert.
Spokesman for the National Agency for Disaster Mitigation, Abdul Muhari |, Residents of the area felt a strong earthquake. Television footage showed people running out of buildings that had been shaken by the impact.
“No damage has been reported so far. But the rapid reaction team is working to gather information. “Muhari said.
Flores Timur District Chairman, Anton Heyn, Said there was no damage.
“We urge people in coastal areas, especially those in the north (…), to stay away from the Great Tsunami of 1972.”Hayon said.
He said people have participated in the tsunami rehearsal and know what to do.
Indonesia, a large archipelago with a population of 270 million, is prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the “Ring of Fire” of continuous volcanoes and seismic faults in the Pacific Ocean.
Indonesia was hit by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in 2004, which triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 people in the region, off 170,000 archipelago.
The last earthquake in Indonesia was in January, when a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at least 105 people and injured more than 6,500 in West Sulawesi.
In September 2018, a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami and landslide in one part of Sulawesi Island, killing at least 4,340 people and leaving about 5,000 missing.
Three months later, a tsunami killed more than 430 people on the coast of Java and Sumatra, and part of the Anak Krakatov volcano collapsed between the two islands after a strong eruption.