India has no tsunami threat in wake of Indonesia tremor

There is no tsunami threat to India or Indian Ocean in the wake of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked Indonesia on Saturday morning, Indian Early Tsunami Warning Centre here has said.

Within six minutes of the occurrence of the earthquake at 8.01 a.m. under Molucca Sea near Halmahera in Indonesia, the Indian Early Tsunami Warning Centre issued a bulletin to the Ministry of Home affairs and various disaster management agencies in the country stating that there was no threat to the Indian Ocean region or Indian coast.

The Indian Early Tsunami Centre also issued similar bulletin to 25 Indian Ocean rim countries in its capacity as regional service provider for tsunami warning.

A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 was recorded off the Moluccas in Indonesia on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, and a tsunami warning was issued for the area near the quake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said hazardous tsunamis were possible within 300 km (185 miles) of the quake's epicentre. The centre said there was no danger of a Pacific-wide tsunami.

Tsunami could be expected to reach Indonesia, the Philippines, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Marshall Islands, and as far away as Japan's Okinawa and aiwan, it said.

The first waves could reach land within 30 minutes and the last within about six hours. 'The initial wave may not be the largest,' the centre warned.

The quake was measured at a depth of 47 km (34 miles), with the epicentre 134 km (83 miles) northwest of Ternate, an island in eastern Indonesia's Moluccas.

Another quake measuring 6.2 was recorded soon after off Indonesia's Sulawesi, according to the USGS.

Courtesy India Tomorrow.Co

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