Earthquakes of magnitude 7.1 in eastern Indonesia, a tsunami warning was issued

JAKARTA: The Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami warning after a heavy blow Sunday night in the Molucca Sea between northern Sulawesi and the Maluku archipelago.

The US Geological Survey UU He said the magnitude 6.9 earthquake was centered 185 kilometers (115 miles) southeast of Manado at a depth of 24 kilometers (15 miles).

A chart posted on Twitter by Indonesia's geophysics agency predicted half-meter (1.6-foot) waves for parts of North Sulawesi and North Maluku. There were no immediate reports of major damages or casualties.

The earthquake caused panic in the town of Ternate, on the Maluku island chain, where people were running higher, a witness told The Associated Press.

Radio El Shinta reported that residents of Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province, ran out of their homes.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 260 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

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