5.2-magnitude quake jolts Alor district

Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA) - An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale rocked Alor district in East Nusa Tenggara province on Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

The epicenter of the quake was located in the sea, 119 kilometers northeast of Kalabahi, capital of Alor district, at a depth of 434 kilometers, chief of the BMKG’s Earthquake and Tsunami Center, Bambang Setiyo Prayitno, said.

Judging by its epicenter and the hypocenter depth, the quake was a deep quake caused by subduction activity in the Banda Sea, he informed.

He said the analysis of the source mechanism showed the quake had a downward movement mechanism (normal fault).

The quake was felt at Oelamasi II MMI in Kupang district, Timor Island.

No material damage or fatalities were reported, Prayitno said.

Source: Antara News

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