6.7-magnitude earthquake jolts Maluku, no potential tsunami

6.7-magnitude earthquake jolts Maluku, no potential tsunami

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Jakarta (ANTARA) - An earthquake of 6.7 magnitude shook Maluku Wednesday, February 26, at 2:33 p.m. Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB), but with no potential for a tsunami, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

"The BMKG analysis results showed that the earthquake strength was magnitude 6.0 after it was updated. The modeling results showed there was no potential to trigger a tsunami," BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Center Head Rahmat Triyono said in a statement here on Wednesday.

The quake's epicenter was located at 7.68 degrees southern latitude and 131.19 degrees eastern longitude, some 56 kilometers (km) northwest of Saumlaki City, Maluku, and at a depth of 63 km.

"If you look at the location of the epicenter and the depth of the hypocenter, the earthquake is a type of medium earthquake due to local fault activity. The results of the analysis of the source mechanism show that the earthquake has a horizontal movement mechanism (strike slip)," Triyono said.

The tremor was felt at IV MMI (modified mercalli intensity) in Saumlaki, II MMI in Tual.

There was no report of any damage. 

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