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07 Jul 2019 | 03:44 PM UTC

Indonesia: Tsunami alert issued after 6.9-magnitude earthquake recorded in Molucca Sea July 8

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6.9-magnitude offshore earthquake recorded in Molucca Sea July 8; tsunami alert issued by Indonesian government

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/7/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/8/2019, 11:59 PM (Etc/GMT+9). COUNTRY/REGION Island of Ternate, Maluku Islands chain

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Event

The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 6.9-magnitude offshore earthquake in the Molucca Sea on Monday, July 8, at approximately 00:10 (local time). The earthquake struck approximately 129 km (80 mi) west-southwest of Kota Ternate at a depth of 25 km (15 mi). There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

Indonesia's government has issued a tsunami warning; avoid all coastal areas. Aftershocks are possible in the coming hours and days.

Advice

Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation, prepare for aftershocks, and anticipate localized infrastructure damage and transportation disruptions.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

 

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