6.9 magnitude earthquake rattles Indonesia, tsunami alert lifted: Seismic monitors: A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia on Sunday, and a series of aftershocks also shook the country, the United States Geological Survey said. There is a “potential” for a tsunami following the earthquake, according to Indonesia’s Tsunami Early Warning System.
The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of buildings.
“All the hotel guests were running so I did too. People filled the streets,” said Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist in Bali told Reuters news agency.
Last week’s earthquake stranded more than 500 hikers on a mountain in Lombok.
A tsunami alert was initially predicted by the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS).
Though, IOTWMS followed up with the second news which said that there was “no threat to countries in the Indian Ocean”.
The quake’s epicentre was as per reports situated in a sparsely occupied part of the Banda Sea, 380 kilometres from Ambon, the capital of Maluku province.
Local officials stated that there was no major causality took place because of the tremor anyway.
“The tremor was felt mildly for two to three seconds by the locals, there was no panic and no tsunami threat,” disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP.
A similar 6.1-magnitude tremor hit very close to the Monday’s epicentre on 26 February and caused no damage.
Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity zone.
The place is known for sometimes being hit by the tremors, but mostly they remain harmless.
Though, the archipelago remains intensely alert to tremors which can trigger the tsunamis too.
In 2004, a devastating tsunami was occurred because of the magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquakes off the coast of Sumatra killed 220,000 people in the whole nations in the region of the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.