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06 May 2020 | 02:41 PM UTC

Indonesia: 6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Maluku province May 6

Indonesia News Alert

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Maluku province on May 6; no immediate reports of damages

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/6/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/7/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jakarta). COUNTRY/REGION Indonesia, Maluku province


The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 6.8-magnitude earthquake approximately 205 km (127 mi) northwest of Saumlaki (Maluku province) on Wednesday, May 6. According to initial reports, the quake hit at 20:53 (local time) at a depth of 107 km (66 mi). No damages or associated disruptions were immediately reported in the area. No tsunami warning, watch, or advisory was immediately issued by the US Tsunami Warning System.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected areas over the coming hours and days.  


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks. 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 immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.


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