Jakarta, Nov 15: A massive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 rocked the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, the US Geological Survey has said. The authorities have reportedly issued a tsunami warning following the tremor .
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the undersea quake hit at a depth of 47 kilometers (29 miles), 154kilometers (96 miles) northwest of Kota Ternate. There were no reports of casualties or major damage.
An official of Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has reportedly said to a news agency, “Tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 kilometers.”
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also warned that the quake can cause major tsunami waves which could reach up to a meter (3.28 feet). The areas within 300 km of the epicenter of the quake along the nearby coasts of Indonesia and the southern Philippines could face the maximum wreath of the high waves.
The residents of these areas have been already asked to vacate their homes.
“We have issued an early tsunami warning,” an official from Indonesia’s meteorological agency reportedly said to a news agency.
The world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.
Earlier, a huge undersea quake in 2004 triggered a tsunami that killed more than 170,000 people in Aceh province.
(With Agency Inputs)