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7.3 Indonesia submarine earthquake triggers tsunami warning
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A 7.3 magnitude underwater earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Flores on Tuesday, and the country’s meteorological agency warned tsunami waves are possible.
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at a depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.5 miles) below the sea and was located 112 kilometers (74 miles) north of the town of Maumere, the second largest of the island east of Nusa Tenggara. province of 85,000 inhabitants.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari said residents of the area felt strongly about the earthquake.
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Television footage showed people fleeing buildings that shook under the impact.
“There is no information on the damage yet. But the rapid reaction team is working to gather the information,” Muhari said.
Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 270 million people, is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of volcanoes and lines of fire. fault that surrounds the Pacific.
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The last major earthquake was in January, a magnitude of 6.2 that killed at least 105 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.
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There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
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