Jakarta: A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Indonesia’s eastern province of North Maluku on Wednesday, but it did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami, the country’s meteorology agency said.
The earthquake occurred at 9.48 a.m. with its epicentre situated at 68 km northwest of West Halmahera Regency in the sea with a depth of 109 km, Xinhua news quoted the meteorology agency as saying.
The tremors were also felt in a nearby province of North Sulawesi, it said.
The meteorology agency did not issue a warning for a tsunami as the tremors would not trigger giant waves.
Indonesia, an archipelagic nation, has been frequently stricken by earthquakes for its location on a vulnerable quake-jolted area called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”.