POST Online Media Lite Edition


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.

Article continues below


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.

What to read next

More than 1,000 aftershocks after strong earthquake in Costa Rica
Magnitude 6.0 aftershock rattles Papua New Guinea
120 tons of food reaches earthquake-hit areas of Papua New Guinea