South Moluccas: Strong Quake Shakes the Islands
On Tuesday 29 August, two undersea earthquakes struck near Indonesia's Moluccas islands. There were no immediate reports of casualtiesOn Tuesday 29 August, two undersea earthquakes struck near Indonesia's Moluccas islands. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
A 5.6-magnitude quake hit south of North Sulawesi province followed by aftershocks in the same area, the US Geological Survey reported. A separate quake of magnitude 5.1 later struck north-east of the Tanimbar Islands in Maluku province, it said.
Last month, a 7.7-magnitude quake off the coast of Java triggered a tsunami that killed more than 650 people. Initial reports had suggested the magnitude of Tuesday's first quake was up to 6.4, prompting a tsunami warning, but this was later withdrawn.
More than 130,000 people were killed in Indonesia in a tsunami that hit in December 2004. The country sits on the seismically active Pacific "Ring of Fire" and experiences frequent earthquakes. On 27 May, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit near the city of Yogyakarta in Java, killing more than 5,800 people.