Strong 6.6-magnitude quake jolts Indonesia, no potential for tsunami

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A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Indonesia’s eastern province of North Maluku on Wednesday, but it did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami, the country’s meteorology agency said. The earthquake occurred at 9.48 a.m. with its epicentre situated at 68 km northwest of West Halmahera Regency in the sea with a depth of 109 km, Xinhua news quoted the meteorology agency as saying.

The tremors were also felt in a nearby province of North Sulawesi, it said. The meteorology agency did not issue a warning for a tsunami as the tremors would not trigger giant waves. Indonesia, an archipelagic nation, has been frequently stricken by earthquakes for its location on a vulnerable quake-jolted area called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”.