5.3-magnitude quake hits Ternate

An earthquake of magnitude 5.3 hit the North Maluku provincial capital of Ternate on Saturday night but no tsunami warning was issued, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

The earthquake was centered 55 kilometers southwest of Ternate at a depth of 11 kilometers, the BMKG said on its official website.

The tremor which struck at 22:31 Western Indonesia Time (WIB) was felt by people in Ternate at Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) scale III.

An earthquake of MMI III could be felt indoors akin to the movement of a truck,

No material damage or casualty was reported.

The tremor struck just about 7 hours after an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 jolted neighboring Maluku Tenggara Barat district, Maluku province, at 15:26 WIB. The epicenter of the 5.0-magnitude earthquake was located 240 kilometers southwest of Maluku Tenggara Barat at a depth of 15 kilometers.


Source: Antara News

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