Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits Banda Sea in eastern Indonesia
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Banda Sea in eastern Indonesia on Thursday with minor damage reported, according to the country’s Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG).
The BMKG said two houses collapsed and other minor damage was reported in the southwestern Moluccas, but the earthquake did not trigger a tsunami.
The earthquake occurred at 1:25 a.m. local time with the epicenter in the sea at a distance of 132 kilometers east of the town of Tiakur in the southwestern district of the Moluccas, Moluccas province and at a depth of 183 kilometers below the seabed, BMKG’s Head for Earthquake and Tsunami Center Bambang Setiyo Prayitno said in a written statement Thursday.
The agency recorded three aftershocks, the largest measuring a magnitude of 5.2.
The agency called on people to continue updating information from reliable sources and to avoid cracks or damaged buildings caused by the earthquake.
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