JAKARTA – The US Geological Survey says a magnitude-7.3 quake struck Indonesia on Sunday afternoon. The USGS says the focus of the quake was Halmahera Island, east of Sulawesi, at a depth of 10 kilometers.
Indonesian disaster management officials say there is no risk of tsunami, but they are checking if the quake has caused any damage.
No tsunami warning was issued.
The M7.3 quake struck about 165km south-southwest of the town of Ternate in North Maluku province at 6.28pm local time, at a depth of 10km, according to the USGS.
The province was also hit by a 6.9-magnitude tremor last week but no extensive damage was reported.
Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.
Last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2,200 people with another thousand declared missing.
On Dec 26, 2004, a devastating 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including around 170,000 in Indonesia.