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7.4 magnitude earthquake strikes off central Indonesia, minor tsunami detected

Christian Fernsby |
A 7.4 magnitude earthquake jolted East Nusa Tenggara province in the central part of Indonesia Tuesday with a minor tsunami detected, the country's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said.

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One people was injured in Mangarai district, East Nusa Tenggara province, and scores of houses were damaged in Selayar Island district, South Sulawesi province, Richard Elt, head of East Nusa Tenggara's emergency unit said.

The earthquake jolted at 10:20 local time (0320 GMT), with the epicenter at 113 km northeast of Larantuka sub district in East Flores district and the depth at 10 km under the seabed, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said.

The earthquake previously triggered a tsunami warning, but it was lifted about two hours later.

The tremors triggered a minor tsunami, as the seawater surface was rising by seven centimeters in the districts of Nagekeo and Manggarai, the agency's head Dwikorita Karnawati told a press conference, adding that more than 20 aftershocks with the strongest magnitude of 5.6 followed the main shock.

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