A magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Tanimbar Islands according to the US Geological Survey (USGS) after 8am on early hrs of Monday 26 March 2018.
The quake rocked an area 214 kilometres northwest of Saumlaki just after 8pm (UTC).
The earthquake occurred at a depth of 171.5 kilometers, according to the USGS. There were no initial reports of injuries or damage.
A tsunami alert was called by the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS). Later , IOTWMS followed up with a second bulletin that said there was “no threat to countries in the Indian Ocean”.
The quake‘s epicentre was located in a sparsely inhabited part of the Banda Sea, 222 kilometres northwest from Indonesia‘s Tanimbar Islands and 380 kilometres from Ambon, the capital of Maluku province.
A similar 6.1 magnitude quake hit close to today’s epicentre on 26 February and caused no damage.
Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity hotspot.
It is frequently hit by quakes, most of them harmless.