- A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian coast early this Friday
- The Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency of Indonesia issued a tsunami alert
- The tsunami warning in North Sulawesi and North Maluku was eventually lifted two hours after the quake
- Meanwhile, PHIVOLCS clarified that there are no signs of a tsunami threat in the Philippines
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked the Indonesian coast in the Molucca Sea on Friday, causing a tsunami warning for the nearby areas.
KAMI learned that a small tsunami of 10 centimeters took place in Bitung town in North Sulawesi about 51 minutes after the quake, and six centimeters in North Maluku's Ternate city 26 minutes after the quake struck.
According to the Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency of Indonesia, the tsunami alert issued for North Sulawesi and North Maluku was lifted two hours after the quake.
In a report by the U.S. Geological Survey, the powerful tremor was centered in the sea about 140 kilometers northwest of Ternate in the North Maluku province with a depth of 45 kilometers.
As of writing, the Indonesian national disaster agency said that they are still gathering information on any damage or casualties caused by the earthquake.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) immediately announced that there is no tsunami threat to the Philippines.
In a previous report by KAMI, northern Luzon experienced a 4.9 magnitude on Wednesday.
Indonesia is a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands and it lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it a site of numerous volcanic eruptions and frequent earthquakes.
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