WORLD 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia triggers small tsunami, damages houses

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6.1-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia triggers small tsunami, damages houses

Xinhua

16:29, June 16, 2021

JAKARTA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- A 6.1-magnitude earthquake triggered a small tsunami, damaged scores of houses and forced dozens of people to flee homes in Maluku province's island of Seram in Indonesia Wednesday, an official said.

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A video footage sent to Xinhua showed sea waters with the height of less than one meter entered coastal areas in Maluku Tengah district, triggering panic among residents.

Several houses were destroyed and residents fled homes to safer grounds, Sais Salong, secretary of the provincial disaster management agency, told Xinhua by phone.

However, there were no immediate reports of casualties after the earthquake, he said.

A risk assessment on the impacts of the small tsunami and the jolts of the quake has been undertaken by the disaster agency officials, he added.

The quake hit at 11:43 a.m. Jakarta time (0443 GMT) with the epicenter at 67 km southeast of Maluku Tengah district and the shallow at 10 km under the earth, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

The intensity of the quake was felt at MMI III (Modified Mercalli Intensity) in Tehoru sub-district in the district, the district capital of Masohi, Bula sub-district in Seram Bagian Timur district, and Kairatu sub-district in Seram Bagian Barat district.

The tremors were also felt at MMI II in the provincial capital of Ambon, it said.

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