7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Eastern Indonesia

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Moluccas islands on Sunday, with the epicenter seen in the above picture. (USGS)

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the Moluccas islands on Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, creating panic and causing damage to houses in eastern Indonesia.

The quake struck the Maluku Islands in the North Maluku province of Indonesia at a depth of six miles, but there were no reports of major injuries. The country’s meteorology agency (BMKG) said there is little threat of a tsunami.

“There are no reports of infrastructure damage yet,” Iksan Subur, an official with Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency located near the epicenter, told Reuters.

“But people panicked and ran out of their houses. Some people who live near the ocean are starting to move to higher ground,” he added.

Indonesia is located on the so-called Ring of Fire, a major area in the Pacific Ocean where about 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes occur. It’s also home to nearly 452 volcanoes.

Last week, a 6.9 magnitude quake rocked the northeast shore of Sulawesi, located west of the area impacted on Sunday. BMKG originally issued a tsunami warning, but that was later lifted.

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Source: Fox News