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79 aftershocks after 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia

Christian Fernsby |
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake that jolted areas in North Maluku and North Sulawesi was followed by dozens of aftershocks within approximately nine hours after the mainshock on late Thursday evening.

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Topics: EARTHQUAKE    INDONESIA   

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the earthquake was felt at 11:17 p.m. Jakarta time with an epicenter located about 134 kilometers northwest of Jailolo, North Maluku, and with a depth of 73 kilometers.

The agency also issued an early tsunami warning for the coast of the two provinces in response to the quake, which was also felt in North Sulawesi’s capital of Manado, Gorontalo as well as Jailolo and Ternate in North Maluku. The warning was lifted on early Friday morning.

The BMKG has recorded at least 79 aftershocks as of 9 a.m. on Friday, Antara News Agency reported.

“The smallest quake was measured at 3.1-magnitude and the largest at 6.1. The aftershocks were near the main epicenter,” Winangun Geophysics Station head of data and information Edward H Mengko said in Manado.


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