Tsunami warning issued in Indonesia after 7.6 magnitude earthquake

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Tsunami warning issued in Indonesia after 7.6 magnitude earthquake

The epicenter of the earthquake was located 427 kilometers south of the Indonesian island of Abon, at a focal depth of 95 kilometers

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake occurred today, Monday, in the sea area off Indonesia and East Timor, as reported by the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) and the US Institute of Seismology (USGS).

The epicenter of the earthquake it was located 427 kilometers south of Abon Island, Indonesia, at a focal depth of 95 kilometers.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency initially issued a tsunami warning, which it later lifted. It also reported aftershocks of up to magnitude 5.5.

The earthquake was felt at a great distance. “I was in bed when I felt a slight vibration. I woke up and found out that many of my friends also felt it,” said Hamdi, an Indonesian from Abon.

Earthquakes in Indonesia are a frequent occurrence, mainly because the country sits on the so-called Pacific “belt of fire”, where tectonic plates converge. On November 21, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck West Java province, killing 602 people.

On December 26, 2004, a very strong 9.1-magnitude earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean, killing more than 230,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and India.

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