A robust 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit deep underneath the ocean off Indonesia and East Timor early Tuesday, the US Geological Survey reported.
The epicentre of the quake was 427 kilometres (265 miles) south of the Indonesian island of Ambon at a depth of 95 kilometres, USGS mentioned.
Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Company (BMKG) reported some aftershocks at a magnitude of 5.5.
In response to the company, the tremor was felt on the islands of Timor, Maluku archipelago, and Papua. However there have been no stories of damages or victims.
“I used to be in mattress then I felt little shake. I awoke and came upon that lots of my mates felt it too,” Hamdi, an Indonesian in Ambon mentioned to AFP.
The Indonesian geophysics company warned a few potential tsunami initially, after which lifted the warning.
The quake was felt so far as Darwin, capital of Australia’s Northern Territory, the place at the least 1,000 folks reported it to the Australian Geoscience company.
“Sustained vigorous shaking right here in #Darwin simply now from what appears to be a fairly critical #earthquake to our north,” consumer @OreboundImages tweeted.
Video posted by Twitter customers in Darwin confirmed water in glasses and pitchers sloshing back and forth.
Indonesia experiences frequent seismic exercise resulting from its place on the Pacific “Ring of Hearth”, the place tectonic plates collide.
On November 21, a 5.6-magnitude quake hit the populous West Java province on the primary island of Java, killing 602 folks.
A serious earthquake off Sumatra on December 26, 2004, set off an Indian Ocean tsunami that killed greater than 230,000 folks as distant as Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.
That highly effective 9.1-magnitude quake triggered 100-foot waves that hit the shore of Banda Aceh on Sumatra.