Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tremors felt in Darwin as 6.7 magnitude earthquake hits Banda Sea off Indonesia

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake shook the Northern Territory on Wednesday and the tremors were felt in Australian city Darwin but authorities have ruled out a tsunami threat.
The earthquake occurred in the Banda Sea off the coast of eastern Indonesia at a depth of at a depth of 180km, the Geoscience Australia Earthquakes reported.
Indonesia's disaster management agency said residents in Moluccas island in the southwest of the country felt the quake but no injuries or damage were reported so far.

Northern Territorians such as the Tiwi Islands, Yirrkala in Eastern Arnhem Land and in Katherine also experienced tremors the Guardian reported.
The Banda Sea lies on the highly seismi Ring of Fire, which experiences moderate and high intensity quakes many times a year. More than 20 people were killed in an earthquake that jolted Aceh region of Indoensia on December 7.
The 2004 earthquake and tsunami had killed more than 170,000 people in Indonesia.
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