Indonesia lifts tsunami warning after weekend quake

Submitted by Tarryn.Josephs on Mon, 07/08/2019 - 09:59
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Indonesia - Authorities lifted a tsunami warning in Indonesia on Monday after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit the north-eastern coast of the island of Sulawesi.

The quake, late on Sunday, struck out at sea at a depth of 36 km, with several smaller aftershocks, said the geophysics agency BMKG.

Tremors shook buildings, alarming residents of some cities, and authorities urged people to move to higher ground.

“The quake was felt quite strongly and with an intensity that lasted quite long,” said Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the search and rescue agency.

“There were no reports of damage or casualties in Ternate,” he added, referring to the city closest to the epicentre.

But some hospitals in Ternate, about 130 km from the epicentre, suffered minor damage and had to evacuate patients.

Strong tremors were felt for a few seconds in the nearby seaside resort city of Manado, residents said, but no damage was reported. - Reuters

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