A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook eastern Indonesia reported the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which indicated that the earthquake had its epicenter 100 km north of the town of Maumere with a depth of 18.5 km in the Flores Sea at 0320 GMT.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that “there is the possibility of dangerous waves for the coasts located 1,000 km from the epicenter of the earthquake.”
According to USGS, there is little chance of death from the earthquake, although he recalled that “Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary damage, such as tsunamis and landslides that could have contributed to the casualties ”.
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Indonesia it experiences frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location in the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense telluric activity that extends from Japan to Southeast Asia.
In 2004, Indonesia suffered a devastating 9.1-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, which triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 in the region, including 170,000 in Indonesia.
In 2018, another powerful earthquake shook the island of Lombok, followed by several more earthquakes in the following two weeks that left more than 550 people dead.
That same year, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on Sulawesi Island left more than 4,300 dead or missing.