A 6.7-magnitude earthquake jolted Indonesia early Monday, sending people fleeing to higher ground in fear of a tsunami, officials said. A tsunami warning issued immediately after the 3 a.m. quake was later called off, The Jakarta Post reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said its monitors placed the epicenter of the quake 14.9 miles deep 149 miles east-northeast of Christmas Island, 172 miles south of Tasikmalaya, 318 miles south of Bandung and 256 miles south-southeast of Jakarta.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 struck in the Indian Ocean south of Indonesia's island of Java early Monday morning, prompting authorities to briefly issue a tsunami warning that sent thousands fleeing their homes in panic. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages. The quake occurred about 412 kilometres south-southeast of Jakarta at 3:06 a.m. local time at a depth of 24 kilometres, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The temblor prompted Indonesian seismologists to issue a tsunami warning. Thousands of people in the town of Cilacap poured into the streets and ran to higher ground, many gathering in mosques, witnesses told El Shinta radio. Ninety minutes later, when the threat of a tsunami had passed, they were told to go home. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said that a destructive widespread tsunami threat doesn't exist based on historical earthquake and tsunami data. Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval because of its location on the so-called Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. A 9.1-magnitude quake with a subsequent tsunami on Dec. 26, 2004, killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen nations, nearly three-quarters of them in western Indonesia. - CBC News.UPDATE: Second Major Earthquake Strikes Indonesia In Just 2 Days?!
Just two days from the 6.7 earthquake that hit Java, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake has just hit Kepulauan Talaud in Indonesia. More signs of the imminent sinking of the country.
A 6.0 earthquake has struck Kepulauan Talud, Indonesia at the fairly shallow depth of 17 km. The quake is the latest in an on-going series of seismic disturbances plaguing the Indonesian region. Cautionary tsunami watches have been issued. The quake, which hit at 3.06am local time (6.06am AEST), was felt across Java including in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, where buildings shook for more than 30 seconds, as well as in Denpasar on the island of Bali. A tsunami alert was issued but later cancelled by Indonesian authorities who reported a magnitude-7.1 quake at a depth of 10 kilometres, with its epicentre in the Indian Ocean 293km southwest of Cilacap in central Java. The US Geological Survey, however, registered the quake at magnitude-6.7, reporting it struck at a depth of 24km, 277 kilometres south of Tasikmalaya in West Java and 241km east-north-east of Christmas Island. - Herald Sun.