Quake with 7.3 magnitude strikes in eastern Indonesia

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake rocks Indonesia following magnitude 7.3 quake

Major 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Eastern Indonesia

A major natural disaster, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale, hit eastern Indonesia on Sunday, triggering panic among the residents who immediately rushed to open areas and onto the streets for their safety.

The epicentre was recorded in Halmahera, the largest island in North Maluku - on the eastern side of the Asian country.

An quake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck southeast of the city of Ternate on Sunday, in the Moluccas in the eastern area of Indonesia, the US Geological Survey reported.

No damage or casualties have been reported.

"The quake was quite strong, sending residents to flee outside, they are panicking and many are now waiting on the roadside", local disaster mitigation official Mansur, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP.

The USGS said the epicenter of the quake was 102 kilometers north northeast of the coastal town of Laiwui.

The USGS is reporting a second quake has rocked the region, a magnitude 5.8 which struck 63km north of Laiwui.

Indonesia authorities issued a tsunami warning at 9.41am before later withdrawing it. "Some people who live near the ocean are starting to move to higher ground", he told Reuters by phone.

The province was also hit by a 6.9-magnitude tremor last week.

Last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2,200 people with another thousand declared missing.

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