A major 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia on Sunday, sending panicked residents running into the streets. No tsunami warning was issued.
The shallow quake struck about 165 kms southwest of the town of Ternate in North Maluku province at 6:28 p.m., according to the US Geological Survey.
“The earthquake was quite strong, sending residents to flee outside. They are panicking and many are now waiting on the roadside,” said local disaster mitigation official Mansur.
Officials were assessing the situation but there were no immediate reports of casualties, he told AFP.
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