An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale has struck Indonesia’s Flores Sea region. Indonesia Tsunami Warning Issued After Earthquake near Flores Island. The last time an earthquake caused a tsunami in Indonesia was in 2004. On December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake off the northwest coast of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and nine other countries.
Indonesia Tsunami Warning Issued After Earthquake
A violent earthquake, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, struck 95 km north of Maumere in Indonesia on Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The earthquake struck 112 kilometers (69 miles) north of Maumere on the island of Flores in Indonesia.
An earthquake with a size greater than 7.0 is considered a “main earthquake” that can cause “serious damage”.
Indonesia tends to be prone to earthquakes due to its position in the “ring of the fire”, a bow of volcanoes and fault lines found in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.
Based on the preliminary parameters of the earthquake, the US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, “Coastline threatening tsunami waves are possibly located within 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of the epicenter of the earthquake. earthquake.
Shortly after the earthquake, the Indonesia Meteorological Department gave a warning of Tsunami, which appreciate the country’s authorities on the order of 7.5, met their eastern Nusa Tenggara region.
The European Seismological Center for the Mediterranean, meanwhile, estimated the magnitude at 7.7, placing the earthquake at a depth of 5 km.
While noting that the risk of casualties was low because it was an underwater earthquake, the USGS noted that “recent earthquakes in this region have caused secondary hazards such as tsunamis and landslides which may have contributed to the losses “.
Injuries or Victims
Residents of the surrounding area felt the earthquake severely, according to Abdul Muhari, spokesperson for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.
On television platforms and social networks, people have been seen fleeing buildings shaken by the tremors.
“There is still no damage data, but the quick reaction team is working to collect information,” said Muhari.
Indonesia, a massive archipelago of 270 million people, is often afflicted by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunami thanks to its position on the “fire ring”, an arc of volcanoes and arranging failure lines.
In January, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck West Sulawesi province, killing at least 105 people and injuring nearly 6,500.
No injuries or material damage have been reported at this time.
History of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis in Indonesia
In May of this year, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the northwest coast of the island of Sumatra, Indonesia on Friday, according to the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ).
A devastating tremor of 9.1 Germina struck by the Sumatra Coast in 2004 and then triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 people throughout the region, about 170,000 in Indonesia.
It is still widely regarded as one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.
In 2018, another huge earthquake cask the island of Lombok. many additional tremors followed over the subsequent few weeks, killing over 550 folks on the vacation island and also the neighboring Sumbawa.
In the same year, another 7.5 magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami in Palu on the island of Sulawesi left more than 4,300 people dead or missing.
Images and Updates after the quake
Dangerous tsunami waves were possible for coasts within 1,000 km of the earthquake epicenter in the Flores Sea.
As a result, Indonesia’s tsunami warning was issued after the Earthquake for the regions of Maluku, East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara, and Southeast and South Sulawesi.
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