A STRONG 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia yesterday, the United States Geological Survey said, sending people running from their homes in panic but causing no damage or casualties.
The quake was also felt about 500 kilometers away in Darwin, Australia, where it moved furniture, the national AAP news agency reported.
The earthquake hit in waters near the remote Barat Daya islands in Maluku province at 8:52pm at a depth of 132 kilometers, the USGS said. It was 411 kilometers east of Atambua.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue an alert.
Indonesia’s national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said some people in southwest parts of Maluku province felt strong shaking for about 10 seconds and ran out of their homes.
But Suharjono, an official from the meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency, added: “We have not received any reports of casualties or damage. I don’t think there’s going to be any significant impact.”
Amin Bin Tongke, chief search and rescue official for Maluku province, said: “The quake is in a really remote area... with a very small population.”