7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Struck Indonesia: Authorities Announced Tsunami Warning
On December 14, an earthquake of 7.4 magnitudes struck eastern Indonesia and caused a tsunami warning. Hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes.
The earthquake struck a depth of 12 kilometers (7.5 miles). Two hours later, tsunami warnings were issued in the Maluku, East and West Nusa Tenggara regions, as well as in the South and Southeast Sulawesi regions. The natural disaster was due to an active fault in the Flores Sea, but it did not cause a significant rise in sea level. The Tsunami Warning Center has previously warned that based on seismic parameters, so dangerous tsunami waves could occur on the coast within 1000 kilometers (621.37 miles) of the epicenter of the earthquake.
This earthquake is far from the first that could cause a tsunami. In 2004, a catastrophic tsunami in Sumatra killed more than 200,000 people and was caused due to a magnitude 9.1 earthquake. However, during yesterday’s earthquake, there was only minor damage and one person was injured!