JAKARTA, Indonesia (MDN World digital, July 7) - A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia Sunday night, more particularly off the waters of Molucca between Maluku archipelago and North Sulawesi, government authorities reported.
As this developed, the Indonesian government immediately issued Tsunami warning to avoid further damage just like in the past that a big tsunami hit hard in the country after struck by a strong tremblor, kiling thousands of Indonesians.
The 6.9 magnitude earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, was centered 115 miles southwest of Manado. The tremblor has a depth of approximately 24 kilometers, the U.S weather agency reported.
The earthquake has caused panic among the residents of Ternate City near the Maluku island. The residents reportedly ran to higher grounds and scampered for their safety, according to the reports made by the Associated Press.
In Manado, the provincial capital of North Sulawesi, residents also panicked and ran evacuated to safer grounds, the Radio El Shinta reported.
Earthquakes frequently struck Indonesia, a nation with around 260 million people. The country was also often hit by tsunami and volcanic eruptions as the country is listed in the Ring of Fire, where fault lines can be found.
In the past tsunamis that hit Indonesia, thousands of people have died and millions in properties were lost.
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