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Magnitude-6.9 earthquake in Indonesia’s Banda Sea felt in Northern Territory

Magnitude-6.9 earthquake in Indonesia’s Banda Sea felt in Northern Territory



Darwin feels earthquake from Banda Sea, near Timor Leste and Indonesia


A powerful earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Indonesia and was felt in Australia's Northern Territory, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology [BOM].

The magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit in the Banda Sea, about 620 kilometres north of Darwin at around 11:25pm Central Standard Time.

Geoscience Australia said the earthquake struck at a depth of 142 km.

The BOM said there is no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland, islands or territories but indicated they felt the quake in Darwin.
"Did anyone fell that earthquake? @BOM_NT certainly did! Magnitude 6.9 at 11:23 pm CST in the Banda Sea, about 620 km north of #Darwin," the organisation tweeted.

Residents in the Top End reported feeling buildings sway and large tremors.
There have been zero reports of damage.

In Indonesia a resident on the island of Kisar in Maluku province said they felt the earthquake for a few minutes and said people ran out of the houses in panic.
"People were asleep, we screamed. People ran because of the quake, beds shook," said Oce Karmomyana, who said there had been no damage.

The most devastating in recent Indonesian history was on December 26 in 2004, when a magnitude-9.5 quake triggered a massive tsunami that killed around 226,000 people along the shorelines of the Indian Ocean, including more than 126,000 in Indonesia.

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