An earthquake sends people running from their homes in panic in Indonesia. But no damage or casualties were reported after a powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake hits eastern Indonesia, as reported by the United States Geological Survey. There were no reports of tsunami warnings after the quake hits the waters near Barat Daya islands in Maluku province at 8:52 pm (local time) at a depth of 132 kilometres.
Some of the residents in Southwest parts of Maluku province felt strong shaking for about 10 seconds and ran out of their homes as reported by National disaster agency spokesman. But the meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency said, “We have not received any reports of casualties or damage. I don’t think there’s going to be any significant impact.”
Amin Bin Tongke, chief search and rescue official for Maluku province, reported: “The quake is in a really remote area, near a cluster of small islands away from cities or towns, with a very small population.”