Two Powerful Earthquakes hit Indonesia triggers Tsunami Warning

By on Sep 30, 2010 in World Comments

Two powerful earthquakes hit the eastern part of Indonesia on Thursday early morning, with about a minute gap, international news reports say.

These two consecutive earthquakes then prompted Indonesian officials to briefly trigger a tsunami warning.

According to reports, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake occurred at the Papua province, centered just 7 miles (12 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor.

But after less than a minute, it was followed by another earthquake with a 7.2 magnitude in the same location, the US Geological Survey said.

A series of several strong aftershocks followed.

The quakes, which occurred at around 2 a.m. local time, shook the nearby islands of Tual and Dodo, while people were on the middle of their sleeping, the police said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The region on Indonesia‘s easternmost edge is isolated and lightly inhabited.

The epicenter was reportedly located 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometers) from Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, was closer to Darwin, a city in northern Australia.

The Indonesian meteorological and geophysics agency through its head, Fauzi said that ‘a tsunami warning was issued, but was lifted after about 90 minutes when the threat had passed.

Indonesia is said to have a series of fault lines, which make it prone to volcanic and seismic activity.

On Dec. 26, 2004, a very earthquake struck the country, triggered a gigantic tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

Reports said about 230,000 people were killed, in which half of them were in Indonesia‘s westernmost province of Aceh.

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