7.0 magnitude earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

Indonesia Earthquake: The NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said "hazardous tsunami waves are possible" 300 kilometres from the epicentre.

A strong earthquake shook eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, with no damage immediately reported and no tsunami warning issued.People gather outside the Indonesia's Defense Ministry buildings.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it occurred 60 kilometers (37.2 miles) deep under the sea, centered 150 kilometers (93.2 miles) northwest of Tobelo in North Maluku province.

No tsunami warning was issued by Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu briefly said there was a potential threat to nearby Indonesian.

Pius Ohoiwutun, a resident of Tobelo said that some people was running from houses when the quake shook.“I felt a little swaying as the lamps also said. Some people tried to escape from their houses.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago and a home of more than 270 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,”.

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake on Nov. 21 killed at least 331 people in West Java. It was the deadliest in Indonesia since a 2018 quake and tsunami in Sulawesi killed about 4,340 people. 

In 2004, an extremely powerful Indian Ocean quake set off a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia’s Aceh province.