INDONESIA ISSUES TSUNAMI WARNING AFTER POWERFUL QUAKE CAUSES PANIC

Indonesia issues tsunami warning after powerful quake causes panic

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JAKARTA: A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Friday triggering a tsunami warning, the meteorological department said, but there was no immediate word on any casualties or damage

Later, the US Geological Survey said the quake’s magnitude was 7.3.

“Everyone ran out into the street,” Agustinus Florianus, a resident of Maumere town on Flores island, told Reuters.

Tsunami warnings were issued for the areas of Maluku, East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara and Southeast and South Sulawesi, after the quake hit 112 km (69.59 miles) northwest of Larantuka, in the eastern part of Flores, at a depth of 12 km.

The agency said the 5.6 magnitude aftershocks after the first Quake hits Larantuka.

Alfons Hada Betan, head of East Flores Disaster Mitigation agency in Larantuka said there were no immediate reports of damage and the quake was felt for several minutes as people fled from their homes.

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