5.5-magnitude quake jolts Maluku Tenggara Barat

5.5-magnitude quake jolts Maluku Tenggara Barat

Illustration of earthquake (ANTARA/Harianto)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 jolted Maluku Tenggara Barat District, Maluku Province, early Friday, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

The epicenter of the earthquake which broke out at 3:24  a.m. WIB (Western Indonesia Standard Time) was in the sea 218 kilometers southwest of Maluku Tenggara Barat at a depth of 145 kilometers, BMKG said on its official website.

There was no immediate report of material damage or casualties.

An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 is considered moderate and capable of causing considerable damage.

Maluku is one of the Indonesian provinces prone to earthquakes.

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