6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off of Indonesia as neighbouring Papua New Guinea is rocked by two large tremors in 24 hours

Monday, February 26, 2018
By Paul Martin

The earthquake struck 194km northwest of Ambon, Indonesia, late on Monday
No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate casualty reports
Earlier on Monday, a major 7.5-magnitude quake rocked Papua New Guinea
Less than 24 hours later, a 6.4-magnitude tremor hit the quake-prone country

26 February 2018

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia late on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, as neighbouring Papua New Guinea was rocked by two quakes in 24 hours.

However, no tsunami warning was issued for Indonesia and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake was measured at a depth of 11.9km (seven miles) with its epicentre in the Seram Sea around 194km northwest of Ambon, the capital of Maluku province, according to USGS.

‘The earthquake does not have tsunami potential. I am still gathering more information regarding damages and casualties,’ Mochammad Riyadi of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency told AFP.

Maluku is a large archipelagic province. The nearest major island is Buru, located some 50km south of the epicentre.

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