7.7 magnitude earthquake hits Tanimbar region in Indonesia

A magnitude of 7.7 earthquake struck Tanimbar region in Indonesia today, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. The epicentre of the quake was 427 kilometres (265 miles) south of the Indonesian island of Ambon at a depth of 95 kilometres, USGS said.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported some aftershocks at a magnitude of 5.5. According to the agency, the tremor was felt on the islands of Timor, Maluku archipelago, and Papua but there were no reports of damages or victims.

The Indonesian geophysics agency warned about a potential tsunami initially and then lifted the warning. The quake was felt as far as Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory, where at least 1,000 people reported it to the Australian Geoscience agency.

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