Tsunami warning lifted after 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia

October 24, 2009 11:27 pm 

JAKARTA, Oct. 25 — Indonesia lifted the tsunami warning as there were no major waves stirred after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia's eastern part of Saumlaki, Maluku province, Saturday, Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency ( BMG) said.

"We have lifted the tsunami warning," an official of the agency, Hendra Rahman, told Xinhua over phone.

The quake occurred at 9:40 p.m. Jakarta time (10:40 p.m. in Manila) with its epicenter at 209 km northwest of Saumlaki and at a depth of 165 km, the official said.

The BMG flash warning said earlier that the earthquake has a potential to generate tsunami.

The quake was felt up to Papua province in easternmost of Indonesia, said Raharja.

"The quake caused panics in some areas," he said.

The intensity of the quake was felt at 3 to 4 MMI (modified Mercally Intensity) at Tual and Aru islands of Maluku, and at 4 MMI at Sorong and Fakfak of Papua, he said.

The quake comes as Indonesia has just conducted emergency relief works at West Sumatra province following a 7.9 magnitude quake that killed more than 1,000 people.

Earlier Saturday, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake jolted Sukabumi, West Java province.

Indonesia sits on a vulnerable quake-hit zone called "the Pacific Ring of Fire", where two continental plates meet that cause frequent seismic and volcanic movements. (PNA/Xinhua) ALM

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