A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit 186 km (115 mi) north-northwest of Saumlaki on Yamdena Island early (local time) on Sunday, September 22. The quake struck at approximately 04:53 (local time) at a depth of 48 km (30 mi). No casualties or major material damages were immediately reported as a result of the earthquake. According to the US National Tsunami Warning Center, there is no threat of a tsunami from the earthquake.
Aftershocks are possible in the region over the coming hours.
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 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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