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7.3-Magnitude Quake Hits Indonesia

There were no immediate reports of damage after the quake hit almost 100 miles northwest of Kota Ternate Saturday.
Image: 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia's Northern Molucca Sea
The location and intensity of a 7.3 magnitude earthquake 154km North-West of Kota Ternate, in the Northern Molucca Sea, Indonesia on Nov. 15. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a tsunami alert near Moluccas in Indonesia, media reported. There are no immediate reports of casualties or major damage. EPA

A strong undersea earthquake hit eastern Indonesia on Saturday, triggering a small tsunami and some panic but no casualties or major damage. The 7.1 quake occurred west of Halmahera island, which is about four hours' flight from the capital, Jakarta. Indonesia's meteorological agency said a tsunami wave of 9 centimeters (3.54 inches) washed onto the small island of Jailolo but caused no damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later lifted its advisory for potential hazardous waves for coastal communities.

The quake was strongly felt in several cities in eastern Indonesia, sending many people to run from homes and other buildings, officials and residents said. The world's largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In 2004, a monster quake off the tip of Sumatra Island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. Most of the deaths were on Sumatra.

— The Associated Press