A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s remote the Maluku Islands on Thursday, but no tsunami warning was issued. After the earthquake, panic spread among people and people came out of their homes. This information is given by the United States Geological Survey.
The strong earthquake occurred at a relatively shallow depth of 31 kilometers (20 mi), about 127 kilometers southwest of the city of Ternate. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or major damage so far.
Indonesia experiences frequent earthquakes due to its position on the Pacific Ring of Fire. An arc of intense seismic activity where tectonic plates collide extends from Japan into Southeast Asia and the Pacific Basin.
In 2004 a devastating 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami, killing 220,000 people across the region, including about 170,000 in Indonesia. The Boxing Day disaster was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history, and in some places raised the sea level by as much as 15 metres.
A powerful earthquake rocked the island of Lombok in 2018 and several more tremors occurred over the next few weeks, killing more than 550 people on Holiday Island and neighboring Sumbawa.