After a magnitude 7.3 underwater earthquake occurred off Flores Island on Tuesday, Indonesia removed a tsunami notice, generating concern in a location prone to deadly quakes but seemingly incurring no serious damage or deaths.
The quake struck at a depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.5 miles) under the sea, 112 kilometers (74 miles) north of Maumere, the second-largest town on the island in East Nusa Tenggara province, with a population of 85,000 people, according to the US Geological Survey.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii, as well as Indonesia’s meteorological office, withdrew the tsunami warning hours after the quake.
Residents in the East Flores district felt the earthquake severely, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokeswoman Abdul Muhari. People were seen fleeing from buildings that trembled as a result of the collision.
In the province of East Nusa Tenggara, one person was reported wounded.
Across the Flores Sea, the earthquakes were felt in Makassar city and the Selayar Islands area of South Sulawesi province. In the Selayar Islands, a school was destroyed, according to the disaster mitigation department.
Minor tsunamis of 7 centimeters (2.8 inches) were reported in the Marapokot and Reo regions, according to Muhari, based on sea level monitoring.
People near the beaches on the northern side of Flores should be wary of future quakes and a potential tsunami, according to Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency.
“There is no longer a threat of a tsunami from the previous earthquake.” “However, there’s a good chance there may be aftershocks, hopefully not as violent as previously,” Karnawati added.
No damage was recorded, according to Anton Hayon, the chief of Flores Timur district.
“We urged everyone along the shore to stay away from the beach lines, especially on the northern side… since there was a large tsunami there in 1972,” Hayon explained.
Residents have previously participated in a tsunami drill and knew what to do, he added.
Because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines that arcs the Pacific, Indonesia, a huge archipelago of 270 million people, is regularly plagued by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis.
In January, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck West Sulawesi province, killing at least 105 people and injuring almost 6,500.