Indonesian officials confirmed one death in South East Gane district (South Halmahera regency, North Maluku province) as of the late evening (local time) of Sunday, July 14, after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit south-southwest of Ternate (North Maluku province) earlier in the day. Local media outlets have also reported that at least 160 buildings and several roads were damaged by the quake. Ongoing recovery efforts in affected areas are expected and associated transportation disruptions are possible.
At least 52 aftershocks, with magnitudes as high as 5.8, have been recorded as of 14:00 (local time) on Monday, July 15. Additional aftershocks are likely in the region over the coming hours and days.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to monitor developments, prepare for aftershocks, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protest 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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