Indonesia Earthquake: 7.4 Magnitude Quake Shakes South Sulawesi

 Indonesia Earthquake: 7.4 Magnitude Quake Shakes South Sulawesi


The 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's South Sulawesi province, prompting people to evacuate homes and buildings.

The earthquake happened around 10.30 local time (03:30 GMT) on Tuesday in the Flores Sea. It affected the East Nusa Tenggara region, officials said.

No injuries or major damage has been reported yet but locals said they felt large tremors.

Tsunami warnings for the area were lifted later on Tuesday.

Videos on social media showed people in the city of Makassar running out of shops and buildings. Others showed dozens of people running down the corridors of a hospital in the district of Bantaeng, as a man's voice in the background is heard shouting "An earthquake in the hospital."

There are also reports that a hotel was evacuated.

Photos carried by a local media outlet showed some houses that had been partially destroyed as a result of the quake.

In Larantuka, a city in the East Nusa Tenggara region, residents were said to have been in "panic".

"Everyone was shocked. They were running from their homes. Some were ready to run to the hills," Mr Takdir, a resident told BBC Indonesia.

However, he added that most people had now "returned to their normal activities", adding there was no sign of a tsunami.

The quake comes just 10 days after the major Mount Semeru volcanic eruption on the island of Java, which killed at least 46 people.

Earthquakes are common in Indonesia as the archipelago lies on the "Ring of Fire", a curve of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Ocean.

Indonesia Lifts Tsunami Alert After Powerful Undersea Quake

People wait outside after evacuating a government building following an earthquake in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. The strong undersea earthquake struck off Indonesia's Flores Island on Tuesday, and the country's meteorological agency warned that tsunami waves are possible. (AP Photo/Daeng Mansur)

People wait outside after evacuating a government building following an earthquake in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. The strong undersea earthquake struck off Indonesia's Flores Island on Tuesday, and the country's meteorological agency warned that tsunami waves are possible. (AP Photo/Daeng Mansur)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia lifted a tsunami alert Tuesday following a magnitude 7.3 undersea earthquake that struck off Flores Island, triggering panic in a region prone to fatal quakes but apparently causing no major damage or casualties.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit at a depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.5 miles) under the sea, and was located 112 kilometers (74 miles) north of the town of Maumere, the second-largest on the island in East Nusa Tenggara province with a population of 85,000.

After an initial tsunami alert, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii and later Indonesia’s meteorological agency lifted the warning hours after the quake.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari said residents in East Flores district felt the earthquake strongly. Footage showed people running away from buildings that shook from the impact.

One person was reported injured in East Nusa Tenggara province.

The shocks were also felt in Makassar city and Selayar Islands district in South Sulawesi province, across the Flores Sea. The disaster mitigation agency reported a school was damaged in the Selayar Islands.

Muhari said that based on sea level observations, minor tsunamis of 7 centimeters (2.8 inches) were detected in Marapokot and Reo areas.

Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, said people along the coastlines on the northerns side of Flores should be aware of further quakes and a potential tsunami.

“The earlier earthquake no longer has a tsunami potential. But it is very possible there’ll be aftershocks, hopefully not stronger than before,” Karnawati said.

The chief of Flores Timur district, Anton Hayon, said no damage was reported.

“We asked people in the coastal areas to get away from the beach lines, especially in the northern side ... As there was a big tsunami there back in 1972,” Hayon said.

He added that residents had joined a tsunami drill before and they know what to do.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 270 million people, is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines that arcs the Pacific.

The last major earthquake was in January, a magnitude 6.2 that killed at least 105 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.

AFF Suzuki Cup Champions Vietnam Welcome Indonesia To Attack Them

Defending champions Vietnam outclass Malaysia (1:32)

Vietnam defeats Malaysia 3-0 to top Group B of the AFF Suzuki Cup. (1:32)

Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo has invited Indonesia to come out with an attacking approach when both sides meet in a crunch AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 Group B encounter at Singapore's Bishan Stadium on Wednesday.

Both teams head into the tie with a perfect record of two wins so far, but the match will be the first real test that the Indonesians -- regarded as dark horses at the tournament -- face, after comfortable victories over Cambodia and Laos.

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Vietnam issued a statement of intent last time out when they beat Malaysia 3-0 in a rematch of the 2018 final, and look an excellent chance to retain the title.

An already-intriguing contest was further ignited in Tuesday's pre-match press conference, when Park was made aware of comments from Indonesian media suggesting his team have not been impressive in their opening two matches.

"If they feel that we haven't looked strong in our two wins so far, they can come out and attack us," said a bemused Park while chuckling to himself.

"We will welcome that."

Vietnam and Indonesia will renew their rivalry in Wednesday's AFF Suzuki Cup Group B encounter, having previously faced off in the second round of Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. EPA/MADE NAGI

Any attempt by Indonesia to be overly adventurous is likely to play into the hands of Vietnam, given they had excelled adopting a counterattacking style of play under Park.

Nonetheless, the comments could well be a move by the respective countries' media to fan the flames, given both Park and his Indonesia counterpart and compatriot Shin Tae-yong have been previously been complimentary about one another.

With a three-point lead at the top of Group B ahead of the final round of matches the prize on offer in Wednesday's game, both sides will have no shortage of motivation as they look to move one step closer to sealing a semifinal berth.

Indonesia pull level with Malaysia at the top of Group B after a dominant 5-1 win against Laos.

It does however seem like Indonesia's preparations have had some unwanted distractions, although Shin was not ready to elaborate further.

"We are calm and ready for the match, but there have been some unexpected matters that have happened," revealed the former South Korea coach.

"I will save the details of this for after the match.

"What I can confirm is that all the boys are improving in many areas of our play, and I believe the Indonesia fans share the same belief that we're moving forward as a team."

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