A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the Banda Sea in Indonesia
Jakarta, November 8, 2023 (Bass Desk): A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Banda Sea in Indonesia on Wednesday. This was reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake. No tsunami warning was issued for the earthquake.
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake was initially reported at 11:53 a.m. local time (0453 GMT), according to the USGS.
The Indonesian Meteorological, Climatic and Geophysical Agency, or BMKG, said the tremor was moderately felt in the town of Saumlaki in the archipelago’s Tanimbar archipelago.
“The earthquake was quite intense,” Lambert Tatang, a resident of Soumlaki, told AFP. But the people here were not panicked. We are used to earthquakes.’
Lambert Tatang, 41, said: ‘Especially since we found out that there is no threat of a tsunami, so life is normal now.’
Indonesia experiences frequent earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’. An arc of intense earthquakes that extends from Japan across Southeast Asia and the Pacific basin.
In November last year, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the populous West Java province on the country’s main island of Java, killing 602 people.
In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 people throughout the region, including about 170,000 in Indonesia.