6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off eastern Indonesia-Xinhua

6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off eastern Indonesia

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2024-05-06 08:16:30

JAKARTA, May 6 (Xinhua) -- A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's eastern Maluku province on Monday morning without triggering giant waves, the country's meteorology and geophysics agency said.

The agency had initially reported the magnitude as 6.1 before revising it.

The undersea earthquake occurred at 01:33 a.m. Jakarta time (1833 GMT Sunday) with its epicenter situated 57 km southeast of Seram Bagian Timur regency and a depth of 19 km, the agency reported.

The intensity of the quake was felt at IV to V MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) in the Seram Bagian Timur regency, the agency said.

The tremors were also felt in the nearby province of West Papua with the intensity from III to IV MMI, it added. Officials of the agency did not issue a tsunami warning as the tremors would not cause giant waves, it said.

Two weak aftershocks followed the main shock, according to the agency.

Indonesia, an archipelagic nation, is prone to earthquakes for its position in a vulnerable quake-stricken zone called "the Pacific Ring of Fire."