7 Magnitude Quake Hits Indonesia

An earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter struck Indonesia’s North Maluku province on Sunday morning, no immediate injuries or damage was reported, said reports citing seismologists.

The quake occurred at a depth of 56 km, 2,430 km north-east of capital Jakarta at around 0757 hous local time, said the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG).

The BMG said the quake did not trigger a tsunami.

It quake on Sunday was the latest in a series of earthquakes to jolt Indonesia in recent weeks. On Saturday, a moderate 6-magnitude quake jolted Manokwari in West Papua province, though it caused no casualties or damage.

A 7.6-magnitude quake struck in late September off the western coast of Sumatra, killing thousands and leaving hundreds injured.

A massive 9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck five years ago, leaving more than 170,000 people dead or missing in Indonesia’s Aceh province on the northern end of Sumatra and 500,000 people homeless.

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